Exterminator VS DIY Ant Control in Quakertown, PA; Homemade Ant Repellents, Baits & More
Ants are one of the most challenging pests to get rid of when they invade a home. You dispatch a set feasting on some crumbs, and within hours, there is a group looking for more. The biggest issue with most ants is their incredible numbers in a nest. As a social pest, ants can have up to hundreds of thousands of members in a colony, depending on how long the colony has been established. When people reach for the DIY methods, they often find they are ineffective. With this in mind, we at Pest Control Technicians, Inc would like to take the opportunity to share why the DIY methods are not working.
Homemade Ant Repellents Don’t Treat the Nest
There are countless home remedies and ant control pest products that are recommended as you research the problem online, but they have little to no effect on the ant problem. Because they simply kill ants in sight or act as a deterrent, the biggest issue with makeshift home remedies for ants is they won’t solve the root of an ant problem. Unlike what a professional ant exterminator can provide, these methods do not have a residual effect. More ants will simply come and find a way around the natural repellents as long as the colony is still intact. Additionally, there several species of ants that to ensure efficient elimination require specialized equipment possessed by licensed professionals, rendering any DIY method useless. More often than not, the ants nesting in the walls need more than a natural repellent, and the ants harbored outdoors, deep underground cannot be breached with basic tactics.
Store Bought Ant Killer Baits Don’t Get Rid of All the Ants
People sometimes are under false pretenses that store-bought ant baits worked when they find a mess of dead ants, but like natural methods, they do not solve the heart of the issue. The baits are highly concentrated and kill the group of ants initially in contact, where the baits never reach the nest. Additionally, ants will notice that their members were killed in connection to the baits and stay away from it. Also, sometimes the baits are not enough to disperse the entire colony, preventing the total annihilation. A professional has the tools and knowledge of various types of ants to ensure effectiveness.
To effectively remove the ants, you need professional assistance. However, prevention is the best tool. Below are a few preventative measures you can apply to help you avoid ant infestations.
1) Typically, infestations are due to a hunt for food. If there is not a food source, they will quickly realize it, and move on.
2) Routine sanitation can keep crumbs from occurring. Be sure to vacuum and/or sweep often, be sure to include around the baseboards, behind furniture and appliances, and other less-frequented areas of your home.
3) Waste management is another factor in getting rid of ants permanently, ants can easily make their way into trash. Whenever possible, be sure to dispose of food directly and avoid leaving food sitting the indoor trash bins.
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