When people think of ant control solutions they think of ant traps that you can purchase at the grocery store. They wrongly assume that ants are a nuisance that can be managed cheaply and efficiently for under $10. The reality is that ants can do much more damage than most homeowners give them credit for. They can seriously damage your woodwork and drywall and worse still, they leave a pheromone trail for other ants to follow. While some of the store-bought baits can be effective, they are not necessarily effective for the type of ant you have. When these baits fail, they end up coming to us.
Elevate Pest Control provides professional pest control services to Parker, CO homeowners. We ensure that all pest control problems are handled safely and efficiently. Give us a call or talk to us online to set up an appointment today.
Why Didn’t My $5.99 Baits Work?
There’s nothing wrong with the traps that they sell at the store. Their price is no indication of their usefulness. But there are several problems concerning how they are used by those who are not trained pest control specialists.
Firstly, baits may be effective against one type of ant and not another. The baits you purchase at the store are general use baits, but there are over 12,000 species of ants and your backyard may host dozens of those. Secondly, ants have different feeding habits at different times of year. In early spring, they like to load up on proteins but when it gets towards the end of summer, it’s time to start stocking up on carbohydrates.
Another thing to keep in mind is the type of bait that’s being used. The so-called “quick killing” baits are the least effective. Ideally, an ant would take some of the poison with them back to their colony so that the bait can take out the entire colony. Quick killing baits lure the ants into your home where they feed and die.
It’s important to understand that a bait is exactly that: A lure. The idea of a lure is to draw something in but your main focus is keeping the ants out of your house. Most people scatter their baits all over the place drawing in all different kinds of ants. While some colonies might be destroyed in the process, many more will remain and worse still, you still have ants in your house.
Some species of ant are very easy to spot, but in other cases, it can be much more difficult. You know those little black ants you find on the pavement? Well, those are actually two distinct species of ant and they can be nearly impossible to tell apart. The odorous house ant is so named because, if you crush the ant and give it a good sniff, it emits a pleasant odor similar to coconut. Pavements ants, on the other hand, look nearly identical and yet emit no pleasant odor at all. But I bet you don’t want to crush and sniff ants to figure it out, do you? That’s what professional ant control experts are for.
Why Do the Ants Keep Coming Back?
Sometimes the baits seem to work for a while, but the ants always end up coming back. There can be a few different reasons for this. If your bait is being depleted before it completes its job, that can cause the colony to be have destroyed and then replenish itself. It doesn’t take a long time for an ant queen to breed a lot of ants.
In addition, if you’ve chosen the “quick killing” baits, you have no hope of destroying the colony. They only give you the satisfaction of luring ants to their deaths. Unfortunately, pest control is not about accumulating a pile of dead ants beneath your sink.
The Parker Ant Control Experts at Elevate Pest Control Can Do the Job Right
While ants seem like they’re innocuous, in large numbers they can pose a serious problem. On top of that, they lure other insects into your home that use ants for food. Ants can damage wood, plaster, drywall, and a number of other things around your home. They’re attracted by just about any type of food.
Elevate Pest Control ensures the job is done right by determining the source of your ant problem. Our local ant control team will help you deploy a solution that will work properly the first time and prevent future infestations. Give us a call or talk to us online to set up an appointment today!
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