Using Pest Control As Preventative MaintenanceUsing Pest Control As Preventative Maintenance

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Using Pest Control As Preventative Maintenance

A few years ago, I experienced a personal breakthrough as a homeowner. I realized that I waited to call pest control until my bug problem had grown out of control. Instead of simply controlling pests, we would have to work through from square one each and every time we wanted to resolve the problem. However, my pest control guy gave me some advice that has stuck with me since that day. He explained that we should consider using pest control as preventative maintenance. Since then, I have pest control spray regularly every 3-6 months, whether there are bugs in my house or not. Tips like these can be found in the articles on my website.


4 Ways To Fight Back Against Ants

If ants seem to be sneaking into your house this summer, and you can't seem to shake them just by killing them, there are four additional ways you can fight back against the ants in your house.

#1 Figure Out What Type Of Ants Are In Your Home

The first thing you need to do is figure out what type of ants are in your home. If possible, take a few pictures of the ants that are in your home. This will help you more accurately identify the ants. You can identify the type of ant yourself using the internet, or send the pictures to a local terminator. Many state universities also offer extension services that help you research and identify pests. This can help you target your strategy for removing the ants.

#2 Set Out Poison

Second, you are going to want to set up poison for the ants. You are going to want to put out bait that has poison in it. You may see a lot of ants when you first put out the bait; that is a good thing. That means that the ants are attracted to the bait and that they are picking it up and taking it back to their nests. Over time, the number of ants you see coming to the poison bait trap should decrease, until the ants are all gone.

#3 Don't Squish The Ants

Third, you shouldn't squish the ants. When you squish the ants, they can release a scent that attracts other ants. Also, if you set out bait that they have to carry about to their nests for it to be effective, you are defeating the purpose of the poisoning. If the ants are killed before they get back to the nest, you will only succeed in killing the ant that you can see instead of killing the entire nest.

#4 Clean Up The Ant Trails

Ants know where to go because when they walk somewhere, they leave behind a scent trail. This is how the other ants know where to go. To kill the scent trail, you are going to want to mix together a little vinegar with some water and spray that solution where you see the ants. Just regular soap is usually not enough to kill an ant's scent trail. 

Implementing the four steps above should help you effectively fight your ant problem this summer and win your home back from the ants. For professional assistance, contact a pest control company like Be There Pest Control.