Ant Control is a term that can encompass many different approaches to controlling ant colonies. The term is commonly used to describe any method of exterminating pests that employ chemical means. While this certainly is one effective method for dealing with the problem, it is often necessary to use other methods and practices when tackling an ants problem.
Ants are generally highly social insects that inhabit large, complex colonies. However, they do not require solitary foraging as the name would imply. Many ants will forage together with others from several colonies. Therefore, an effective ant control approach should also take into account foraging. Simply spraying an ant-killing chemical with regular topical ant bait, such as an anti-foraging aerosol, will not only kill a few ants but also scatter the entire colony in a wide area. If you need to protect your home from a foraging ant, therefore, you should consider other methods of control.
There are many different species of ants. Some have highly aggressive tendencies, while others have more passive lifestyles. While some can be eliminated by regular use of commercially available pesticides, many different species of these insects are natural pest control options that can be used on a regular basis. These methods may include food selection, planting of beneficial plants around the house, exclusion of known ant species from the lawn, and elimination of all sources of moisture.
The most common type of ant control involves the installation of baits around the home or in the yard. Common baits include dishwater, cheesecloth and paper towels. The baits themselves act as pesticides as they get into the soil and also get into the air as they float through the air. This makes it very important to ensure that any areas that are infested with ants are thoroughly treated prior to the emergence of an Ant Problem. Without immediate treatment, an Ant Problem could rapidly spread throughout the home and neighborhood, turning any number of household members into victims.
Many people are also opting to use sealed containers for the elimination of Ants. Sealed containers, which are often made of food grade plastic, are commonly used to eliminate colonies of ants from the base of trees, lawns, decks and porches. The plastic is difficult for an Ant to penetrate making it an excellent choice for the prevention of this pesky insect. It can also be used to prevent the spread of mold and mildew in the areas that are sealed off from the rest of the house. Sealed containers are an effective option for the control of fire ants and other types of ground-dwelling colonies.
Another form of ant control is by simple sanitation. Every day, it is very important to ensure that your surroundings are clean and safe from these pests. If the public areas in your community do not offer a clean and safe environment for the public to congregate, the best solution is to create one. By creating a safer space for your family and friends, you can also take steps to eliminate these insects and many other microbial pests that can be found around the home.