Ants are a major house pest that easily infiltrates the homes in the US and across the world. Nearly 700 ant species exist in America and many more elsewhere. Ant species vary but most have a willingness to enter homes. They are a type of social insect that creates a nest in homes or spaces outside. Plus, the ants are attracted to open food containers, such as those containing protein or sugar. Most nests are detected in areas of structural weaknesses, such as outhouses and garages.
Clearing the active ants nest in the home or garage usually requires more than a single step approach, but the use of bait is among the most effective.
Tips for bating ants
Here is an overview of the different baiting methods:
An ant nest detected in a garage or similar structure is likely to be a separate satellite community, while the main colony is located outside. Simply placing the bait in the garage will help to attack not only the ants in the garage, but also the entire population of ants. Use popular liquid bait like Terro PCO in the area that ants are noticed. It is universal bait and will attract all species of ants. This bait is consumed by the ants and naturally spread between the satellite and main colony. Over time this should kill the entire ant population.
Most of the primary nests are found outside the home, so outdoor baiting is a critical stage of eliminating the entire nest. Use bait like Nibanaround and apply this to the perimeter of the house. Also, apply in areas where ant mounds are detected.
Similar to the indoor baiting process, the Nibanaround is slow-acting which makes it possible for the ants to transfer the poison between colonies. Once the poison starts to penetrate the main colony, it will kill the queen to stop future breeding. Without the queen, the colony is no longer viable.
Location of nests
In order to be effective at eliminating the ants in and around the home, it is essential to locate the primary nest.
Ants detected in a garage or other outbuildings are generally a result of cracks in the building foundation. For the home, there are plenty of access points, such as wire, pipes, hanging branches and carpet edges. Even though the primary nest is rarely simple to find, observing the movement and behavior of the ants can provide useful indicators.
Worker ants roam in large groups and leave behind a trail that leads to the main nesting site. Ants are most active in low-light conditions, but can still forage during the day. A useful technique to detect the ants is to lay tape or other sticky surface and coat with a sweet substance. The ants will have difficulty returning to base and likely leave behind an easy to follow path to the nest.
When the nesting site is detected, use one of the wide-ranging and practical methods to eliminate it. Use the foam, granular bait or gel-based ant pesticides.
The preferred bait relates to the location of the nest, its size, and ease in access. Read the product label for the different pesticides to see which is most practical for your situation.
Follow up practices
Even with an ant nest fully controlled, it is practical to continue with follow-up maintenance to minimize future outbreaks. Inspect the local grounds for potential risks. Actively clean firewood piles or other dead wood or tree stumps from near the home. Ants are drawn to moist areas, this means fixing issues with leaky sprinkler heads or plumbing. Also, inspect the door seals of the garage.
The proper storage of home and garage supplies is essential. Don’t leave potential food sources open. Make sure food, such as dog food, is kept in an airtight container. Never leave food particles, crumbs, or other items that can attract pests. Plus, there are certain plants that attract ants, so you may wish to avoid those.
Elsewhere, limit the entrance points to the home by using fine mesh to cover air vents, use industrial caulk to seal cracks in the home’s foundation, and trim tree branches hanging close to the home.