Ant Control and Extermination, Residential
Ant control and extermination is not as difficult as other forms of residential pest control. Ants are predictable in their patterns, so it is relatively easy to determine where they are located. That is why, our ant control specialist at Chicago’s Platinum Pest Solutions pays close attention to the movement of the ant infestation when getting rid of them. The best methods of ant extermination involve targeting all locations of the traveling colonies. An average homeowner can do these methods, as long as they are diligent about their ant exterminator process and extermination plan.
In nearly all situations, the primary ant colony will have a nesting location within 20 or 30 feet of the residential household. This location maybe in the yard or it could be located underneath the house, if there is a crawl space. As an ant colony grows in size, other ant nests will be constructed within the household walls. It is during this phase that insecticides work best, because the worker ants will act as vehicles to transport insecticide to other ants while moving between the satellite nests.
Interior And Exterior Ant Baits
The main battle plan for ant exterminator process utilizes both exterior and interior baits, but also includes targeting nests with insecticide and creating an outer perimeter surrounding the home. Sometimes having your home inspected is necessary so that all the ground and wall nests can be located. If the ant infestation is considerably large, then calling our professional ant exterminator at Platinum Pest for pest control service is advisable.
Ant extermination on the inside of a household must be a priority, even if there are no ants visible inside the home. The interior household should be hit with a combination of ant baits and ant spray insecticide that is slow acting. This combination will combat large numbers of ants, as they appear from the walls where ant nests are being built. Interior baits should be used similarly to exterior ant baits, except applied to household cabinetry, behind appliances, underneath sinks and the edging of all counter tops.
Exterior ant bait involves sprinkling granules around nesting sites and ant spikes that are inserted into the ground. Outdoor baits are made resistant to dampness and heat, but should be kept away from children and animals for safety. The use of granules is simple, they should be spread around trees, bushes and anywhere there are visible ant nests. Ant spikes are bait stations that contain poisons that are slow acting to allow scouts and worker ants to carry them to the colony. Ant spikes should be laid over the length of a yard and around the foundation of the home.
Targeting outdoor nests essentially means, pouring granular insecticides on ant hills and nesting grounds directly. This should be done when there is little wind outside, so that insecticide grains are not blown away from the ant nests. Ant baits can also be placed around the nests, but the process of extermination will take longer. Finally a protective perimeter should be created around the home, using spray insecticide. This barrier prevents stray ants from forming new colonies or seasonal migrations from re-infesting the home. If ant exterminations are done correctly, the home should stay ant free. For more information about ant infestations, ant control and ant extermination, contact our professional ant exterminator at Platinum Pest Solutions. We are based in Lansing, IL, and serving the surrounding areas of Chicago and northwest Indiana.
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