For millions of years, ants have called Earth home. Ants have evolved in ways that have allowed their survival on most areas of the planet. However, as many of us know, when inside our homes or offices, the persistence of ants and their presence can become a great nuisance to us humans.
When ants become pests to your family, guests, or customers, it is time to take action. Removing an ant infestation can be an easy process, especially if those ants are discovered and sequestered early on in their invasion.
The North American Pest: Home To All Kinds Of Ants
North America is home to Carpenter ants, Fire ants, house ants, and many more ants, all of whom pose a variety of challenges. In North America, we are home to various kinds of ants, and the ants that call North America home have evolved over time as a result of transportation and migration.
Finding an effective way to get rid of ants that are pests is an extremely common problem, and there are plenty of online forums filled with homeowners, renters and business owners, asking questions about how to get rid of these pests for good.
Like anything else, the primary motivation of the ant is its survival and that of its colony. Ants are motivated mostly by the convenience what we leave them as bait, which often takes the form of our leftover crumbs, spilled drinks and more.
Often, ants have an established colony elsewhere, but they still find their way within your home. However, an ant colony may be closer than you think, or even within your residence or business.
Remedies and Removal Tactics: Combatting Ant Infestation
The first step in removing ants from your home is finding the source of their infestation. The team at Smithereen is trained in extermination practices, but there are, of course, some remedies that home and business-owners can apply to try to remove ants from unwanted areas.
While lemon, vinegar and Cayenne pepper are easy, natural and accessible ingredients within most homes and residences that have each been known to be used individually to combat ants, thorough and lasting results yield most often through involvement of the experts. It’s no secret that removal of the source of an ant problem – the colony itself – is the best and most long-lasting solution to an ant infestation.
Our experts at Smithereen are ready to provide you with a complete consultation, and to develop a lasting solution to your ant problem. The team at Smithereen provides our clients with the most up-to-date and best advice possible. We take pride in helping you to truly tackle your pest problems.
When to Call The Experts to Remove Your Ants
Identifying the source of the ants and their colony is necessary to be rid of them. Most professionals will use this as the jumping-off point for deciphering the next-steps in combatting an ant infestation.
At Smithereen, we often use a bait method to have ants guide us back to their colonies before we then eliminate the colony in its entirety and remove the source of the problem. Removal of the source typically results in long-lasting results, but additional adjustments to your home or office can help keep ants at bay over the long-term.
What You Can Do to Stop Ants Long-Term
Making changes to how your home is set-up or making simple changes to its construction can be greatly beneficial to sequestering ants’ desire to infest over the long-term.
If there are cracks or holes in your house or building, this may allow ants easy-access to your indoor setting. Likewise, in spring, summer and autumn months, when we seek fresh air, slight holes in screens or cracks between screens and window-frames can create an entryway for pests like ants to enter the interior of your home or business. Simple fixes for these types of holes or cracks can come simply using caulk, or other sealants and stitching, depending on the nature of the problem. Additionally, keeping a tidy space – cleaning up food and garbage – is a great way to deter ants because it removes sources of attraction.
As always, our experts at Smithereen are here to help you determine the best way to help you solve any of your pest-related problems, ants included. Never hesitate to contact us. Our team is always ready to consult with new clients and to propose best-fit solutions to their problems.