Getting rid of ants in your home
Let’s be honest, an ant’s presence is probably one of the most undesired occurrences that a homeowner encounters. Nobody wants to see an insect roaming on or around the places where they store their food and eat! Even worse, this particular type of pest problem comes at full force, meaning that when you are facing an ant problem, they are a lot of ants around. Therefore, it can take quite a while to completely get rid of them, and this is the biggest downfall when dealing with ants.
First and foremost when addressing ants, this should be dealt with properly and immediately, since a colony can cause mass destruction and costly damage (sometimes as severe as termites’). Some species like Fire ants and Harvester ants are those that can cause irritation to humans by biting, leaving pain and potential danger if an allergic reaction or infection from an open wound occur. While you should be aware of these types of ants, there are other species of ants that really do no harm to humans, but cause destruction to building structures and will damage your property if you allow them the opportunity.
Meanwhile, let’s not forget how ants can be great contributors in contaminating our food, simply because of how easily they can travel from one place to another – with these places ranging from unclean spaces around your home to your edible items. Just like cockroaches, ants have the capability of carrying bacteria from one place to another. While these species may seem pretty small, they come from a very diverse family and a very ancient one at that. This is why it’s no surprise to see how these creatures can live in some of the places that they do. Their adaptability and persistent characteristics are incredible! This is because they’ve been living in and adapting to various areas for as long as time can tell.
If you believe you are facing an ant problem in your home or business, we’re here to help. Offering DIY treatments, and who or what to look for if opting for a pest control company’s service, we’ve got you covered with what you need to know.
Chalk for Ants!
This is one of the most basic, yet effective home remedies for ants. One of the main ingredients of chalk is calcium carbonate, which is the ingredient that mainly keeps the ants away from this substance. All you have to do is spray the powdered chalk to the areas where you see the majority of your ants frequenting. If you have a solid ant chalk, you can draw a line at the entrance and exit points of the ants’ colony, which will prevent them from making their way into your house. While we don’t know how ants are able to detect the presence of chalk and calcium carbonate, it will throw them off of their track and prevent them from gaining access to the areas that they were making their way to previously, which will be very effective in keeping them away.
When Life Gives You Lemons…
When life gives you lemons, wipe out your ant infestation! Both lemons and oranges have d-limonene content in them, which is what makes them repellent to ants. In case you didn’t know, tangy, strong smells repel ants because their exoskeletons cannot withstand them. To successfully use this treatment, all you have to do is squeeze in the lemon or orange peels in order to have the pure juice, and mix this substance with a little bit of water in order to increase the solution. You can even use this mixture to wash your floors and have a refreshing scent left behind! You can also use this solution on your plants and windowsills, or even your doors in order to ward ants away from the potential entry points they have available for coming in.
When All Else Fails, Call in the Experts
Most importantly, don’t forget about the experts who can take care of your infestation in a breeze! Professional pest exterminators specialize in dealing with countless types of pest infestations in various types of levels. When selecting the pest control company of your choice, make sure to choose a team of professionals that are highly trained and educated when it comes to conducting a pest control business. There are several factors to consider when making your selection. These factors include conducting a thorough background check of the company, by reading all reviews left for the company, looking over the company’s values and promises to it’s customers, etc. After the company makes it past this step, you should then call to receive a quote and ask any questions that you have about their service or pricing. After doing this, we think you can take it from here!