Team of AntsBecause there are several types of ant species, to attain proper control measures, a systematic approach is necessary. 

The first step in this approach is proper ant identification.  By properly identifying the type of ant species is occurring in your home, type of nesting behavior, types of food sources, colony formation and possible entry points can be considered in developing the appropriate corrective action plan to eliminate your specific ant infestation. 

An example of this process would be say you are having a problems with Pavement Ants.  We know that this ant species commonly nests in the soil and works typically enter homes through cracks in the foundation and slabs.  We can pinpoint our inspection process and develop the proper plan of attack.  Or let’s say you are having a problem with Carpenter Ants.  Again, most often the primary nest is located outside of the home in a tree stump or tree.  There may be branches that are overhanging the home and allowing en entry route.  But knowing the correct insect and related conducive conditions, will aid in developing the pest control plan. 

In order for homeowners to have sustained success with an ant control program will depend upon the homeowner being adequately informed of all of the key points of ant species, ant detection and contributing factors in the ant infestations:

  • One of the main reasons why homeowners experience an ant problem is because of some type of poor sanitation issue;
  • Another contributing factor is moisture related problems that can be caused by a water leak, inadequate ventilation, soil to wood conduction or clogged gutters with leafy debris;
  • Cracks and other opening in the foundation and/or around pipes of electrical conduit that enters the home;
  • Mulch beds that are thick and touching the foundation;
  • Wood piles or other wood sources stacked close to the home; or
  • Trees, shrubs and landscaping that is experiencing a problem with aphids.

In coordination with a proper treatment plan of action, all of the conducive conditions need to be addressed. 

There are several parts to an ant treatment plan of action.

  • Habitat Modification
    • A change to the ant’s habitat involves environmental changes.  For example, if there is a water leak that is causing excessive moisture, by repairing the water leak and removing the moisture source, the water, the ants habitat is changed and its does not have said food source.  This water leak could have been attracting the ants to the home in the first place.
  • Mechanical Alterations
    • This process pertains to altering the pests’ ability to gain entry into a home in the first place.  For example, if there are several cracks in the foundation that allows easy access into to home or tree branches that are touching the home to allow entry.  Once these conditions are addressed, the ants don’t have direct access into the home.
  • Application of Selected Chemicals
    • Application of broad based treatment plan of residual insecticides.
      • Allows for colony treatment for various treatment sites:
        • Wall voids;
        • Exposed wood;
        • Soil and mulch areas;
        • Slab foundation walls; or
        • Cracks and crevices.
    • Application of ant baits.
      • The advantage of ant baits
        • Target specific
        • Less invasive
        • Ability to use in sensitive places
      • The disadvantages of ant baits
        • Slower acting then residual sprays

As you can see, developing a long term strategy for effective ant control involves many phases and collection of information.  At Alliance Pest Services, we know that every home is different and most situations causing the ant infestation vary.  It’s for this reason why we develop specific ant treatment plan of control for each customer.  One size does not fit all when dealing with ants.