Contrary to popular belief, ants can do a significant amount of damage to your home. They can destroy your woodwork and draw in other insects that feed on them. In other words, while ants might be better than roaches or termites, you really don’t want ants in your home.
When folks find an unpleasant amount of ants in their home, what is the first thing that they do? They go out and buy ant traps. That’s not a bad idea. Sometimes they work, other times they don’t. When they don’t work, most homeowners don’t know why. That’s when they end up coming to us.
Why don’t the baits work? There are a number of reasons. Firstly, there are over 12,000 different kinds of ants across the world. Utah is home to a number of different species. You want to know what kind of ant you’re dealing with before you deploy traps. Knowing your ant is half the battle. It is also the first step in the process.
Elevate Pest Control helps Bingham City residents deal with their ant problems. If you have a large number of ants invading your home or need other pest control in Utah, give us a call or talk to us online to set up an appointment today.
Why do DIY Methods and Store-Bought Baits Fail?
Traps may be cheap and it’s not a completely awful idea to test them out before hiring an exterminator, but if they’re not carefully deployed, they can do more harm than good. There are different traps for different ants and ants have different feeding patterns throughout the course of the year. Improperly deployed, ant traps can lure more ants into your home. They are lures after all.
The biggest problem is that homeowners aren’t clear on which baits they should use and where they should be placed. In some cases, they will find that the ants in their home will ignore them completely. In some cases, the homeowner will buy the correct bait for their ant problem. It might even work. They thus think that the baits are effective. When the next invasion happens, the baits aren’t as effective this time around.
In many cases, it’s difficult to tell one species apart from the other. For instance, the tiny black ants you find around dropped ice cream can actually be two different species of ants: Pavement ants and the odorous house ant are nearly impossible to tell apart without a degree in entomology. If, when you crush the ant, it emits a pleasant odor, then you’ve got yourself an odorous house ant. If not, then it’s probably a pavement ant. Most folks aren’t too enthusiastic about sniffing the dead carcasses of ants.
One other thing to consider is the nutritional needs of ants throughout the year. Since ants spend a good portion of the winter in hibernation, they need to stock up on carbs in the late summer and early fall. In the spring, they prefer proteins to rejuvenate themselves.
In other words, there’s a lot to know when dealing with an ant problem.
When the Baits Appear to Work, But the Ants Keep Coming Back
Remember when we said that the baits lure ants into your home? Well, there is one particular kind of bait you don’t want in your house: The “quick killing” baits. These baits are effective at what they do. They poison the ant and it dies immediately. However, the point of pest control is not to accumulate a pile of dead ants in your home. It’s to prevent ants from entering your home.
This means identifying key areas where the ants are entering your home. It also means deploying the correct bait the correct way in order to kill the current infestation and prevent a future one. In many cases, homeowners end up perpetuating the problem instead of fixing it.
In other cases, there isn’t enough bait to kill off the entire colony. Slow acting baits are the best because the ant will bring the poison back to the colony where it will take out all the ants. If the baits are being depleted too quickly, you’ll reduce its population, but you won’t kill them all.
Call Us for Family Safe Pest Control Today
The pest control experts at Elevate Pest Control will save you money on baits and ensure that the job is done efficiently and safely. Give us a call or contact us online to set up an appointment today.
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