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Ant Pest Control Can Have You Crying Uncle

When it comes to controlling pests in and around the home, ant pest control can be one of the trickiest as these social insects, living in colonies, often build satellite homes and without destroying the primary nest, they will keep coming back. Many spray ant pest control products can rid the apparent problem, but once the residue is worn off, the insects can regroup and return.

Attacking a nest of ants should only be done if you are certain it is the main home and that other nests do not exist. Typically, an ant colony houses one queen and several thousand worker ants, but some species of ants have more than one queen and unless you are certain of the species, you could miss an entire satellite, allowing them the opportunity to re-emerge. Depending on the severity of infestation, many recommend leaving ant pest control to the experts.

Certain species of ants will build nests in the ground, in wet wood or in the walls and crawl spaces of your home. When you spray them with most residential ant pest control products it may get rid the visible ones, but the ants in the nest will remain healthy and continue foraging for food. For complete ant pest control the insecticides designed to have the workers carry the poison back to the nest works best as it eliminates all the ants in the nest.

Know The Species Before You Attack

It is important to understand your enemy before you launch an ant pest control attack. There is slight differences in appearance between a winged ant and a winged termite and products used against the ants probably will not work on the termites and your home could be in real danger. Additionally, products that work on one species of ants may not be effective against another species.

Using bait traps for ant pest control is a slower process than sprays you can buy in the store, but they are more effective and last longer. Ants will not die immediately when the baits are taken, rather they carry the poison back to the colony where it can work against the entire nest. If you are going to spray a nest, make sure it is the primary nest, realizing that ants that are out of the colony will survive and unless the spray leaves a residue, they will start another nest at another site.

In most cases, to be effective ant pest control that is slow and sure will work better than sprays. Although the appearance of the pests may seem to disappear immediately, usually they will be back.


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