Ants are fascinating insects. More than 12,000 species of ants have been discovered, but regardless of how interesting they are, most people would prefer not to have them roaming around their homes. Ant infestations are one of the most common and annoying problems faced by homeowners, and completely eliminating an ant infestation can be a difficult feat. Because certain types of ants behave differently, the most effective method for eliminating them depends on the type of ants and the severity of the infestation. Aside from being a mere nuisance, certain species of ants, especially carpenter ants, can cause severe damage to a home if the problem is not corrected.
Most types of ants do not actually reside in people’s homes. Rather, they make trips between whatever food source is in a home and return that food to the colony. This is why homeowners may notice more ants near doorways, cracks in the home’s walls or near electrical outlets. Finding and sealing off these entrances is crucial for every infestation, but it could take a while to find them all. As these entrances are sealed, ants will often find and utilize new entrances. For the few species of ants that do move permanently into homes, this method is less effective.
Many homeowners have noticed that no matter how thoroughly they eradicate a group of ants in their kitchens, the area is often infested again in only a matter of hours. This is because of an invisible substance called “trail pheromone,” which ants deposit along their path to the food source and leads other ants to the food. To humans, this substance is both invisible and odorless, so removing it is difficult.
Ant infestations are tricky. It can be frustrating when they continue to plague people’s homes despite every effort made. Time is crucial when dealing with ants, and hiring a professional exterminator who knows the best way to eliminate a particular infestation is the best way to resolve the problem quickly, effectively and with fewer headaches.