Controlling father ants in the residential environment is a combination of good evaluation technique and knowing where to look. The hard part about controlling father ants is not exterminating the colony, but instead finding it. This article will give a short summary of where to look and what to do once you have found the colony.
There are several species of father ould like, but in general the common denominator for them all is moisture. When starting a search for a father ould like colony Which i assume that the colony is nesting within the structure. The first thing I really do is an evaluation to the exterior perimeter of the home. I’m looking for several key situations: couvreur Yvelines
- Foraging ants
- Moisture areas
- Overhanging and coming in contact with trees and shrubs
Finding foraging ants is the holy grail of father ould like control as sometimes it’s possible to follow a worker ould like back to where it originated in. Occasionally this search will lead to a primary colony externally perimeter of the home and other times it will give you insight as to where they may be gaining access into the structure. Also, while examining the exterior prize moisture areas. The most vulnerable areas where ants are likely to gain access have reached window frames, door frames, wrongly installed areas of boasting, fireplace frames and areas at the gutter and roof line. The gutter and roof line evaluation is very important as overhanging and coming in contact with trees and shrubs may give direct access to an area where the gutter has allowed moisture into the structure either from ice damming or overflow.
Next you will want to do an interior evaluation. The interior evaluation is really just a confirmation of what was located on the exterior. For instance, if during your exterior evaluation you find water damage at a window frame. This window may be an area where ants are nesting. Ask your self these questions:
- Do i see ants in this room?
- Do i see frass (this is the name of the sawdust father ants create) at the window frame?
Answering yes to the second question means you have found the colony and your control procedures should focus on that window.
Once you have found the colony you must identify where they are in the window frame. When it comes to this article I’m assuming they are in the window header (located at the top of the window) the control procedure would be to routine holes through the drywall and apply a pesticide (preferably a dust) straight into the drilled holes. You’ll know if you got to the colony because you will immediately see ants quit or you’ll hear a characteristic “crackling” noise.
Ould like control is difficult even for a trained professional, but remembering the following keys to their the field of biology will help you rid your home of this annoying and sometimes dangerous bug.
- They survive on moisture, all moisture areas are suspect.
- Following live ants back to where they originated in is a simple technique that a good pro uses.
- Know father ants can forage 300 legs from their colony.
- Frass which is just like pen sharpener shavings is a key indicator of a colony location.
- Seeing ants with wings is a sure sign of an interior colony.
- Father ants will home behind warmth in the cellar of new construction even with no moisture.
In conclusion, if you are completely baffled as to where your ants are coming from you would be wise to call a professional. These ants do damage to homes every year that is both expensive to repair and preventable. Television tv ads would have the general public believe that just spraying the baseboards of a home with a pesticide will get rid of a father ould like problem. Unfortunately, ants are a formidable opponent that you might need help with from a professional. As is the case with anything else it’s sometimes significantly less easy as it looks.