Do I Need an Exterminator To Get Rid of Ants?
Anyone who has engaged in a long, protracted war with ants has contemplated picking up the phone, dialing the nearest exterminator, and begging for help. Those who have followed through soon discovered the ants were gone and in their place an exterminator bill from 100 to 300 dollars – only guaranteeing 3- to 4-months of ant-free living. Talk about trading one problem for another!
The truth is, exterminators are rarely a necessity when it comes to ants. Instead, follow a simple process. Clean, kill, and seal. Or, if you want to be more “macho” – search and destroy. The quickest way to stop ants once an invasion has begun is with ammonia – like in window spray. Once you’ve cleaned up the ants, clean up your cupboards. That partially consumed pack of hot chocolate from last Christmas? Toss it. Those open containers of sugar, cereal, and pancake mix? Get them into the Tupperware. Piles of toaster crumbs, bacon splatters on the stove, half-eaten cookies under the TV stand? Come on!
The second step for ant-free living—destroy. A little-known factoid will help you on this mission. Ants can drink water but cannot eat solid food. They have a very small passage between the thorax and abdomen which does not allow food to pass. They must carry solid food back to their nests and give it to the larvae which masticate the granules until it is liquefied. This disgusting pre-chewed glop is then fed back to the workers.
This is the concept behind bait traps such as Combat’s Ant Killing Bait Strips, Source Kill Ant Bait, and Source Kill Max Ant Killing Gel. Ants are attracted to the sweetened insecticide within the bait traps. They carry the granules back home where the larvae eat it and begin to die, all the while producing poisonous food for the rest of the nest. Within days, the ants are dead, while the exterminator is sitting waiting for his phone to ring. Now all you have to worry about is how you are going to spend that money you saved!