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Most indoor ants are relatively harmless and don’t cause any damage, but when ants infiltrate your home seeking food and water, they can be a nuisance and can sometimes spread unwanted bacteria. If you’re seeing ants go marching through your home, you probably want to get rid of them. To learn how, just follow this guide as compiled by the expert pest control technicians in Memphis at AAA Termite & Pest Control.
How to stop an indoor ant infestation
- Use indoor ant baits. Ants release a chemical containing pheromones that leave a scent behind them, making it easier for fellow workers to bring back more food and water to the colony. Employing ant baits is your one-way ticket into the colony. The baits tend to be edible materials that are toxic for ants, and fool the workers into retrieving them as food and carrying them home to the nest, effectively poisoning the rest of the colony. This eradication could take a matter of days or weeks, depending on the size of the colony. The baits often contain boric acid, which is generally non-toxic for humans and animals, and will be most effective on an otherwise clean surface, so that the bait is the only sweet, attractive substance available to the ants.
- Use outdoor spray pesticides. If you’ve managed to discover an ant nest outside your home, apply a heavy dose of pesticide to the nest to make sure it reaches the queen. Make sure this nest is the source of the ant infestation you’re having inside. If it’s not, those ants are likely doing more help than harm for the ecosystem of your lawn and garden.
- Keep areas clean. Sanitation is vital for preventing pest infestations of any kind. Keeping your surfaces and countertops clear of crumbs, and storing foods in sealed containers, helps to eliminate the primary reason that ants come indoors at all. If you do detect ants, avoid clearing away their trails. Your tiny intruders will use these same paths to travel to and from the baits you’re about to lay for them. Once the baits are taken and you notice the infestation is eliminated in the days to come, it’s safe to sanitize the trails and keep them clean moving forward. Also, keep your windows, doors, cable, pipes and any other entry points sealed. Be sure to check your foundation for cracks or crevices, as even the tiniest spaces can be an open door for ants.
Ant Control in Memphis and Cordova in Tennessee
Many home and business owners invest in do-it-yourself pest control solutions in an effort to save money. However, many of these options address visible ants only and not the nest, which is the source of the infestation.
Our top-notch, expertly trained technicians at AAA Termite & Pest Control can easily assess the extent of your unwanted pest problem and devise a custom ant control solution to fit your needs. We will not only treat the problem effectively, but we’ll provide you with helpful recommendations for sealing up cracks and other entry points to keep ants out.
To learn more about our expert pest control treatments or to schedule your initial appointment, give us a call at (901) 737-7378 or visit us online today.