Learning how to eliminate ants can be complicated, especially in Georgia where there are so many types that infiltrate our homes and property. Because it doesn’t get especially cold here, they also don’t die off seasonally; meaning colonies stay strong sometimes for decades. There’s no question, professional assistance is needed to manage these pests.
Have you seen ants? Here are just a few reasons to call a trusted pro today:
Home remedies for ant control don’t work for infestations.
Old Wives’ Tales abound on how to control ants—from wood-damaging carpenter ants to stinging fire ants—but they rarely work for long. Spreading cayenne pepper across your stoop may keep them away temporarily, but it’s not necessarily because they hate pepper (or salt or corn meal or whatever supposed remedy you’re using). They've most likely just lost track of their scent.
Ants leave pheromone trails for their brethren to follow in their endless charge for finding new food. Mask or wash away the pheromones and you may temporarily throw them off the trail, but if there is a colony in the area, they will return. However, there are a few things you can do to make your home less attractive to ants. Keep foods covered and clean vigorously with soap and water. Even crumbs and small spills can act as beacons to common Georgia pests.
Consumer baits and repellents rarely work.
Ants survive because of their fine-tuned sense of smell. Repellents, in theory, force ants away from your property, but because they are also very small—and adept at finding ways around obstacles—ants will often work their way around a repellent application. Baits available to homeowners pose a different concern. While worker ants who gather or consume the bait may be killed on the way back to the colony, chances are these consumer baits won't be distributed in such a manner to eliminate the colony altogether.
Ants can damage property and pose health, comfort and safety concerns.
Carpenter ants chew apart wood, damaging your structures and potentially making them unstable. Fire ants deliver a powerfully painful sting. Odorous house ants can contaminate your food supplies. You have plenty of reasons to fight.
These pests are both pesky and persistent, so dealing with experts is essential. Trained pest control operators have both the resources and knowledge to tackle infestations head on. For starters, they’ll be able to identify the types of ants you’re dealing with and enact control measures tailored to the specific challenges your facing.
Contact the pest control experts and let our professionals help craft a plan to rid your home of ants and keep future pest infestations at bay. North Fulton Pest Solutions can deliver a quote customized to the services your property needs. If you are wondering how to eliminate ants, call 770-475-7419 to get started with a solid plan.