It seems like ants are everywhere outdoors, and you may not pay much attention to them. However, when ants get in your house, their presence will probably frustrate you, especially if you can't get rid of the pests. Ants can be hard to get rid of, so if ants keep marching in your house, you may need help from an ant extermination professional. Here's how an exterminator can help.
Identify The Type Of Ant
There are several types of ants that might invade your house. It's important to know what type of ant you're dealing with since the ants have different methods for extermination. An ant exterminator can identify the ant, determine if they're harmful, and decide how to get rid of them.
Ants like different kinds of food, and knowing the right type of bait to use is important for getting rid of the ants fast. Bait doesn't work well on all ants. Some need to have the nest treated directly. An exterminator knows how to deal with any kind of ant you have so they can be eliminated quickly.
Block Entry Points On Your House
It's hard to keep ants from getting inside your house since they're so tiny, but plugging all the holes that can be found helps. The exterminator may especially want to block holes where the current infestation is entering your home. This might mean caulking around windows, sealing cracks in your foundation, and sealing holes that cables and wiring pass through.
Hunt Down The Nest
Ants that enter your home usually don't stay there. Instead, they pick up some food and pack it back to the ant colony. The exterminator may want to watch the ant trail to see how the ants enter and leave your home. They'll also want to track the ants to see where they go. The ants can lead the exterminator right back to the nest, and once the exterminator knows where the nest is, they can treat it with liquid pesticide to eliminate the colony.
Teach You How To Prevent Ant Infestations
Once your ants are gone, you'll want to keep them away. The exterminator may take time to teach you tricks for keeping ants out of your house. Sealing may keep most of the ants out, but it's still a good idea to keep food in containers rather than sitting on the table. You'll also need to be careful with leaving wet pet food out since certain ants love pet food and will swarm the bowl and ruin your pet's food.
For more information, reach out to an ant extermination service near you.