Ants are persistent and are a common pest concern. They slip through the cracks and crevices in the homes and build colonies on the lawn, making our life difficult. They travel searching for food and tend to leave an invisible trail of chemicals to inform other ants from the colonies. They are small and generally harmless. But they contaminate the food.
Ants are social insects that build colonies and stay in large numbers. Killing the whole colony will solve the problem. Some ant control measures are adequate to destroy their life cycle and their colonies.
1. Thoroughly Clean The Home
Always keep the preparation areas in the kitchen clean. Keep the sweet snack and cookies in airtight sealed containers. Garbage should be cleared regularly. Make sure the garbage can is tightly sealed. Make sure to wipe the food spills and not keep dirty dishes in the sink. Mop and sweep the floors to get rid of bread crumbs. Make a moat around the food dishes of pets and potted plants by putting soapy water solution in the container around the moat.
2. Non-Toxic Prevention
Seal of the entry points of the ants. Access points like cracks and creaks around the doors, gaps around windows, faucets, and flooring cracks should be fixed and secured tightly. To wipe out the ants, one can use citrus-based cleaners, peppermint soap, cayenne pepper, or cinnamon which are not harmful to our health.
3. Ant Control Pesticides
These are the best options to wipe out the entire colony of Ants. Baits made out of pesticide chemicals can kill them. But pesticides have potential consequences, so do not leave the bait station in the open; children or pets can pop them in their mouths or chew them. Pesticides like boric acid are harmful to houseplants, so they could affect the plants. Aerosol sprays or foggers are toxic.
4. Preparing for Ant Control Service
Follow these precautionary measures before the scheduled visit by pest control San Antonio,
- Wipe down the counters and remove the food leftovers.
- Vacuum thoroughly the carpets and other areas.
- Store food in pest-proof containers.
- Wash dishes regularly.
- Never leave the pet food after your pet has finished eating.
- Store the recyclables in an ant-proof containers until they are taken to a recycling center.
Baits immediately kill the ants. Ant bait is a quick and easy method to prevent ant infestation. Try to block the entry points. It is the safest way to keep the ants out. Do not use strong cleaners near the ant bait. This would decrease the chances of elimination.
It is difficult to get rid of ants from your home or office. But Accurate Pest Control in San Antonio are experts who can use effective methods to eliminate the ant problem permanently. They are experienced professionals who will identify the kind of ants you’re dealing with and assist you in terminating them. We are a licensed ant exterminator in San Antonio that provides expert customized solutions to keep all kinds of bugs away.