Why Professional Ant Control Beats DIY Every Time

Ants are frustrating, not just because they get into our food and crawl all over everything, but because they keep coming, and coming, and coming! One of the reasons these pests keep invading our homes over and over again is because we don't do the prevention methods necessary to stop them in place. Those prevention methods are what we're going to look at today. Here are some of the ways DIY methods fail to eliminate ant problems, and why it pays to hire a professional!

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When you see a long line of tiny ants crawling across the divider between your kitchen and living room, you may be tempted to just spray those ants with a treatment from a big box store and get it over with. However, this can be a big mistake. Not only are ant sprays ineffective at stopping ant infestations, they can actually make an infestation worse!
 
Ants are wired for self-preservation. If they sense a threat, it will affect their behavior patterns. One of the worst outcomes that can result from spraying ants is called budding which is when a single ant colony splits into multiple colonies in response to a perceived threat. So, instead of having one colony to deal with, you now have two, three, or more which is the opposite of solving the problem!
 
Another problem with DIY ant sprays is that they don't address the root of the problem. They attack the symptoms. Sure, you'll kill some ants. But that colony will send more ants into your home to replace them.
 
Some homeowners turn to baits to stop ant infestations. But those baits are often implemented incorrectly and end up being ineffective. For effective ant control, the right baits need to be selected and to choose the correct bait, you have to be able to properly identify the ant species in your home. It is also important to place bait stations in the right places; if you don't, they won't do anything to help your problem.
 
When sprays and bait are used together, they can neutralize each other. Sprays are repellent to ants meaning they won't want to go anywhere near locations you have sprayed. So when ant sprays are used around bait traps, it makes them unable to accomplish their original purpose, to lure ants to the bait stations and eliminate them.
 
The reason professional ant control is better than DIY ant control lies more in the education of the pest control professional than it does in the products being used. Pest control professionals are highly-trained and experienced in dealing with a variety of different ant species and know the correct ant control products to use and the right amount of those products to apply.
 
A professional pest control provider will be able to properly identify the ant species you're dealing with in your home and choose baits that are desirable to them. This will ensure that the bait is taken. A professional will also perform a detailed inspection and identify strategic locations to place the bait stations to ensure they are effective. When done properly, bait can be highly-effective at arresting ant infestations and protecting homes from continued infestations.
 
If a professional uses sprays, they will be used for their intended purpose: exclusion. EPA-approved products will be used in accordance with all established safety guidelines and only applied to targeted areas of vulnerability. These treatments can be performed inside or outside the home.
 
Sprays are a powerful tool in the hands of a pest control expert. They can be used to bolster vulnerable areas and reduce pest populations around the perimeter of a structure. However, in the hands of an untrained individual, they can lead to frustration and can even cause sickness.
 
Pest control professionals have extensive training and experience in managing ants and other household pests. Not only do they deal with pest problems every day, but they are linked to a network of pest control professionals all across the country. This gives them the edge they need to outsmart insect, rodent, and wildlife pests.

What To Do If You Discover Ants

If you're dealing with an ant problem on your property, there are some things you can do to try and correct the issue on your own:

  • Suck up those ants with a vacuum and dispose of them outdoors.

  • Keep your floors, counters, and trash receptacles clean.

  • Look for entry points inside and outside your home and seal or caulk any found.

  • Rake up any leaves and other organic matter near your outside walls.

  • Address any moisture or standing water around your home.

  • Keep trees, shrubs, and bushes trimmed back away from your home.

  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from your exterior walls.

For professional assistance with ants problems in North Carolina, give us a call today.

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