Pest Control – Ants

 

Health Risks from Ants

Ants are part of a healthy ecology on the earth. They may carry bacteria but harmless to humans. In very few cases shown they can be reaction, if person is allergic to them.

Ants

Every time we see them making their way in our homes, the first response would be to bring out the bug spray and use it on them. However , we do not realise that getting rid of ants is important before these pests continue to multiply and eventually cause more damage in our homes.

Different Types of Ants

​There are many different types of ants but all of them share one thing in common. They all live in a colony or nest where they will continue to multiply, Some are small in size while others are bigger. Every ant colony will have their team of soldier ants to protect it as well as worker ants who help to bring in the food and keep the nest clean. Most of us would have been bitten by ants before and the experience is not very pleasant. Regardless of the different types of ants, you should protect your property from them and not allow them to take over by building a nest or several colonies in your home or around your property.

Poisonous Bites

There are certain types of ants that are poisonous as their bites could cause you extreme pain and you may end up feeling sick for a day or two. Imagine what would happen if they started attacking and biting your kids and pets? And ants will not hesitate to attack when they see you as a treat. They will do whatever they can to protect their colony or nest. Using ant baits will help as these ants that forage for food will be attracted to the bait. they end up carrying the ant bait back to their colony where others feeding on it will eventually die after consuming it. Those ants that come into contact with the bait will also die eventually.

Ants Are Destructive

If you find your food cabinet over run by these pests resulting in a lot your food supplies being ruined, leaking or have been taken away, you will want to do something about it. These ants could literally chew through the plastic packaging looking for sugar or any type of food that they can bring back to their colony. If nothing is being done, don’t be surprised that a food cabinet will literally be emptied out by them along with any type of food left around. They are fast and work as an army.

What Do Ants Eats?

This question is on the minds of many people who have faced an ant infestation. When they find out the answer to what do ants eat, they figure they can clean their kitchens of their offending items.
Adult ants can only digest liquid foods. They prefer plant nectar and honeydew from plant-sucking insects. Ants are also satisfied with natural oil and protein food sources which come from seeds, plants or dead insects.
What do ants eat? Sweet! Sweets give energy to worker ants, and the protein from other insects helps to build up the ant’s body. One type of ants, the Dalmatie, actually cooks its food by chewing it into patties and baking them in the sun.

Controlling Ants In The Home

Ants play an important role in the environment but they are considered pests when they invade the house. They damage clothes and furniture by creating holes in them and they also contaminate food. Ants enter the house in search for water, food and shelter. Getting rid of them effectively may need one or two methods.
Ants are one of the most common and frequent insects inside the house. Homeowners find them really annoying and irritating because they causes harm and damage on persons and in the properties and home structures. Fire ants give a very painful bite which may be really dangerous for children and hypersensitive individuals.

For Individuals, ants may look the same with each other. In reality, there are various type of species of ants that enter your home. Each type of ants have different characteristics and may require differnet approach in controlling them. The common house plants that invade the home  are pharoah ants, carpenter ants, pavement ants, acrobat ants, and the odorous ants. To identify what type of ants do you have in your home, get a few ant samples in a piece of plastic and then seek the help of an  expert or pest control firm.
It is very frustrating to control ants in the home. You should distinguish the type of ants in your home and know how to control them. You must also be aware of when to seek professional help in dealing with your ant problems.

Ants are considered social insects and they live together. A group of ants is called a colony. One colony may have hundred to million members depending on the species. Each colony has different ant personalities with different roles and responsibilities. Each colony has a queen that lays eggs. Other members are the “worker ants” that work to get food for the group. In searching for food, they follow a certain trail that they follow to and from their “home”. Winged ants are called “Swarmers”, they are the one responsible to mate to be able to create a new colony. When a swarmer goes out of the nest, it means that there are eggs inside the house. Swarmers may look the same as termites but they somehow differ in looks and characteristics. Ants have small waists while termites have the same width from head to below. The wings of ants are different in sizes – front wings are bigger than the hind wings while in termites, all wings have the same size. Also, ants’ antennae are bent while it is straight on termites.

Ants can be totally eliminated by spraying pesticides in their nests – killing the queen and workers inside. It is not effective to just only spray the visible ants that are marching on your wall or kitchen surfaces. Ant’s nests are usually found behind walls and doors, furniture, appliances, kitchen and cabinets. It is usually hard to find their nests because their homes are hidden. Installing baits can help eliminate them and find their nests. One advantage of using baits is that ants may bring the baits in their nests causing harm to ants that are in the nests including the queens and workers. There are readily available ant baits that are sold in the market, hardware or grocery stores. Put the baits where the ants go. If their trail is visible, it is best to put the bait near the trail.Do not spray pesticides near the bait because ants may smell it and will avoid going to the bait. Likewise, if the ants are already eating the baits, avoid spraying them too so that they will eat the bait and bring some in their nests which may also destroy other ants. 

Ants may also nest outside the house. Try to look for their nests and eliminate it too. You can also use bait outside the house near the ants’ trail. It may not help to spray insecticide or burn the house of the ants because it may just push the ants inside your home. Other well-known methods of eliminating the ants in your home is by using cinnamons, catnips, dish washing soap, black pepper, bay leaves, chalk, whole cloves, and mint leaves. If you are not familiar of these, try to research them on the net and see how they work.

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