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Our Ant Control experts does excellent job by identifying the root cause which is attracting ants to nesting in and around the premises and proofing their entry points, caulking the cracks and crevices and prophylactic treatment at all critical areas. Their rigorous training and knowledge is key in solving your problem. You have to ask for specific solution for ants control as regular pest control as offered in the market may not provide you the effective solution for ant control.
Problems leading us to get Ant Control from specialized agencies
- Do you find big black ants in your house? Do you notice one or two in the kitchen or bathroom? And when you tried to spray these areas yourself or by any pest control agency, you find that the ants keep coming back. What is preventing effective ant control?
- Most Ants Are Just Minding Their Own Business:Most of the ants you may see moving around in your house mean no harm. The fact of the matter is that those ants you see in your living room or kitchen, probably live in nests that are located outside of the house. They have come into your home, not to get warm and cosy, but to look for food. A problem this can cause is if an ant finds a supply of food, it’s going to tell its friends. Spill some sugar on the floor and you may eventually see an ant. Leave the sugar there, and later on you’ll probably see a whole troop of them. How long that will take will depend on how far from your house their nest is located.
- Ants not only are unpleasant sights for homeowners but they cause messes, as well as structural and other damage to the homes where they take up residence. The damage caused by these carpenter ants is a result of nesting. Worker ants excavate galleries for queens to lay eggs and for young ants to develop. You may have one or many more nests in or around your home. The potential damage you may suffer depends on how many nests are actually present within the structure, and how long the infestation has been active. As the number of individual ants inside a colony grows, their expansion through the wood increases, and the more damage they cause. This damage may include causing water leaks around pipes in your kitchen/bathroom/basement, short circuiting your dishwasher, swarming in your kitchen, and destroying wood structures.
- Ants find entries to homes through heating and cooling equipment ducts, windows, telephone wires and cable lines, areas where trees are adjacent to a structure, sheds, porches and firewood stacked near your house. Look for tree branches that may be just above or in contact with the roof. Firewood piles are prime nesting sites, and nests are often found in the wall void behind a dishwasher, or in a hollow porch column.
Preventive Steps we suggest for Ant Control
- Small amounts of cotton peppermint do a good job of doing your own effective ant control.
- Sprinkle crushed cloves on cellophane to keep ants at bay.
- To destroy ant nests, put hot water for effective ant control.
- Cloves and wax heated in a saucer are good enough of driving ants away.
- Sweep the shelves and cabinets in the kitchens with a solution of half a cup of warm water and half a cup of neem oil.
- Wet cloth in vinegar or acetic acid and wipe the items in the kitchen.
- Use everyday items like Phenyl or Domex to sweep the bathroom, kitchen and toilet floor.
- Do not leave dishes in the sink overnight.
- Do not leave wet cloth in the bathroom for long.
- Wash the whole house well with water once a week for effective ant control
- When children eat sweets chocolate and other such things, they drop crumbs on the floor which must immediately be picked up.
- If you ever see a hint of ants in your house, find out why they are here and where they are coming from, you can use the boric powder used in carom games to drive them off.
- Find out which food substance is attracting the ants and get rid of it.
- If you see ants on the trashcans then empty it and thoroughly rinse it with soap and water to eliminate all the ants.
- Keep all food substances sealed and in fridges and cupboards after use.
- Due to being small, they are sometimes able to enter sealed glass containers and bottles, to fully seal them you should rubber gasket glass bottles.
- Seal all eating substance cupboards
- Vacuuming ants and keeping them with corn starch will choke and kill them. They can also be washed away with soap water.
- Ants move with the help of a scent trail left behind by other ants, to eliminate these odors, use a solution of soap and hot water.
- Seal all openings in the kitchen; seal duct holes and cracks on windows and doors.
- Make sure that your house is not supporting the entry of ants from the outside with the help of tree branches, windows, skylights etc.
- Eliminate all natural sources of sugar outside and inside the house area.
- Check around your home in trees, fallen branches and gardens for any signs of ants.
- Keep the dishwasher closed and empty.
- Empty cans and bottles should be recycled as ant proof containers.
- Sweep the house for tree branches, vines and other vegetation that is touching the house and may provide ants with passage inside.
- Destroy wood with evidence of carpenter ants.
- If you try to control the ant infestation yourself not only will it not be fully effective, you will be unable to reach the very root of the problem.
- If the pest controller is already baiting the ants then do not interfere because if you somehow interrupt the process of a worker and taking the bait back to his colony then the problem will never end from the roots.
- After baiting make sure to not do too much cleaning for fear of eliminating the ant smell
- Do not move or displace the bait station.
- Do not water the lawn for 24 hours after the treatment.
- Do not spray pesticides or trouble mites while baiting is in progress or else the ants will not take the bait.
- Barricade your home:Since ants are tiny, they can find thousands of tiny doorways into your residence. Some of these are easy to identify, while others will only be discovered when there’s a parade of ants marching through the chosen ant doorway.
- Use caulk:Seal windows, doors and any cracks the ants crawl through with caulk. An additional benefit of doing this is better temperature control and lower energy bills. Plus, it’s one of the least risky methods when kids or pets are involved.
- Line suspected entryways with deterrent substances: Salt and talc can be spread under doors, near windows and walls with better conscience.
- Apply scents and substances that ants don’t like:Vinegar, peppermint oil, cinnamon, black pepper, whole cloves, and bay leaves are all examples that have varying claims of success. However, some of these might be harmful to pets and irritants to curious children.
- Cut away overhanging plants: Ants, especially large carpenter ants, may be making entry through the roof. If trees overhang your house, ants living near or in the tree will drop down on the roof and enter house from the top. Identify overhanging trees and trim branches or get rid of trees. This should take care of the carpenter ant problem if they are not coming in at ground level.
- Kill off the ant trail:A line of ants can be dealt with effectively and quickly so as to kill those in the line and deter any others from continuing to follow the trail. It is recommended to begin with locating the entry point first and creating a barrier straight away, such as a line of petroleum jelly, upturned duct tape or talc, so that the ants outside stop using the entryway. Then, try one of the following methods to deal with the ant trail:
- Dip a sponge into soapy water.Simply wipe the sponge down the trail, collecting ants. Rinse them down the drain. Rinse and repeat as often as required until all ants in the trail have been removed.
- Spray the trail with all-purpose cleaner or a bleach solution. Wipe it up with a wet paper towel. Spraying the nest can be effective, but you really want to make sure you get them all, otherwise killing part of the colony can simply encourage certain species to establish new colonies, which is counter-productive to you.
- Squish the scouts:Colonies regularly send out lone ants to check for food sources. If you see an individual ant strolling across your coffee table, don’t let it make it back to the nest alive. It’ll tell the colony where you spilled the apple juice. If the scout made it back to the nest and brought back some friends, they’ll be following a scent trail, single file. Unless you’re ready to bait them, kill them all quickly.
- Root out the ants already well entrenched in your pantry or other cupboard space:You’ll need to use an attractive poison bait to get the ants scurrying home with new “treats” from their food hunting missions. Mixing boric acid powder or borax with water and sugar is the most common bait. Boric acid affects ants both externally (when in powder form; similar to diatomaceous earth) and internally (when ingested). Make a mixture of 1 cup water, 2 cups sugar, 2 tablespoons boric acid. Wait for the ants to show up. Don’t lure new ants with the bait because you could attract new colonies. Once there’s a trail, place the bait next to it (not on it, or else you’ll interrupt their march home). You can also place it in a safe part of the pantry where ants appear to be congregating. If you have pets and/or children around (see Warnings below) use the bait in a jam jar where ants can go to seek “food”. Screw the lid tightly and seal with adhesive tape. Pierce the lid with two or three small holes large enough for ants, and smear the outside with a little bit of non-poisoned bait to advertise the contents for ants. If you’re concerned about the jar getting knocked over and the poisoned bait spilling out, loosely pack the inside above the bait with cotton balls. You can mix peanut butter as well. Ants’ cravings vary depending on the needs of the colony (sometimes they want sweets, sometimes they want something oily), so providing both will increase the likelihood that they’ll take the bait. Once they’ve had their fill, remove all bait which may lose its poison when weathered, but still attract ants. You don’t want to attract a neighboring colony.
- Consider using a borax bait made at home: Use 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 2 teaspoons of borax, 1 teaspoon of water. Mix well. Place a small amount on little pieces of cardboard where the ants are active. Watch them swarm it and carry back to nest. If it kills them too quickly, try 1 1/2 teaspoons of borax. You want them to carry it back and kill the colony and the queen.
- Vacuum up the ants:Sprinkle and vacuum a little talcum powder or diatomaceous earth to finish them off in the vac and in the trash where you dispose of it. This second step is important to make sure that you don’t provide the ants a new home inside your vacuum cleaner.
- Locate the nest:If you can find the source, carefully dig/puncture the soil and dump several gallons of boiling water into the nest. That should take care of the entire colony.
- Kill the queen:The best way to get rid of ants is to destroy their source: the ant queen. She produces a large number of ants and killing her will exterminate them; if you can, find and kill the queen inside the ant nest. She’s rather shy and will hide in the bottom. This method is not recommended, if the ants are aggressive and/or sting.
- Keeping your home clean: Do your bit to discourage ant re-entry by keeping the house free of ant attractants. Cleaning up food and other attractive residues is an important part of getting rid of ants from the home and keeping them out.
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- First of all, we will do the survey of your house to plan an effective ant control.
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