As a homeowner, odds are that you have either dealt with an ant infestation or that you will have to deal with one in the future. When ants invade a property, it can be both a nuisance and a big issue, depending on the species of ants that is causing the infestation. As such, it’s important to get rid of them as soon as possible. In this article, we’re going to cover the pest control methods used by specialists to remove ant infestations.
Step 1: Identify the cause of the infestation and the species of the ant
All pest control efforts start with identifying the cause of the infestation and the species of the ant in question. There are around 450 ant species in the US, but only a handful of these species are common in home infestations, and in some geographical locations, there may be as few as two or three common species. As such, identification is not a hard process. The same goes for finding the nest. Different species prefer different locations, so there are only a handful of spots that the inspector has to check.
Step 2: Identify the type of infestation
With the nest located, and the species of the ants identified, it is time to determine the type of the infestation and various other factors that have to be taken into consideration. For example, if there are children and pets in the home, different methods and chemicals will be used. Whether the nest is inside the home or outside will also play a role. Different nest sizes will require different pesticides that have different active ingredients. Once a thorough inspection has been performed, the specialist will come up with a plan of action and proceed to the next step.
Step 3: Treat the infestation
The final step is the treatment of the infestation. Here, the pest control specialist will use the tools and products needed to take out the infestation in the most effective and safest way for its size. There’s a balance to be struck here between using the adequate chemical strength for the job and ensuring that the poison has as little of an impact on other wildlife and on the environment.
Do you need help with an ant infestation?
There are many DIY products on the market that may be effective, but oftentimes, without the proper knowledge and preparation, an ant nest is only taken out partially and the ants recover. By hiring a specialist, you ensure that the infestation is thoroughly cleaned out, and that the ants will no longer be a nuisance on your property for a while. If you have an ant infestation and you are having trouble taking it out by yourself, contact us today and we will send over someone to help you out.