Ants are pesky little buggers. They seem to be able to infiltrate a building unnoticed, until they’ve somehow taken over. How many times have you passed by a wall, only to notice for the first time a whole stream of ants marching along their way? Sometimes it is easy to identify the crack or crevice through which they came, and sometimes it’s not . . . but either way, it’s never easy to get rid of them for good. It seems that as soon as you think you’ve solved the problem, those ants come marching back again. So what can you do to control your ant problem? Here are some useful tips:
You must identify where the ants are coming from, as well as where they are headed, so that you can cut off their entrance and their food source. This shouldn’t be too hard, but you may have to look for a while to follow the ant trail both to where it starts and where it ends. Once you know how ants are gaining entry, seal off that opening with silicone caulking. Also, destroy the food source at the end of the trail so that ants have no reason to stick around.
Once you’ve shut off entry and exit points, you can get to exterminating the ants that have taken up residence in your home. Purchase ant bait from any chain retailer, hardware store, or home improvement store. Terro is the industry leader, but there are many different brands to choose from. There are a few different ways you can use bait. Just follow the instructions on the package and set your “bait stations” around the house, wherever ants are likely to go.
Of course, not all ant infestations are inside. For outdoor ant problems, it is a good idea to use an ant spray. Ant sprays are messier than bait, which makes them less ideal for indoors, but they are easy to apply in an expansive setting like your back yard. Simply purchase an ant spray from any of the places mentioned above and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to wipe those colonies out.
If you use ant bait for your indoor ant problem, you will notice that, initially, ants congregate around the bait in a mass. It may be tempting to spray them then and there, just to get it over with, but doing this will only prevent them from bringing the poison back to the colony, where it is needed the most.
If you have an ant problem that isn’t going away, or you would just rather not deal with pests altogether, it is time to contact the professionals. We at Double G Pest Control can cure your pest problem.
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There are lots of pests in this world, and at some point everyone will find themselves battling a pest. Pest can invade our garden, our home, buildings; the list goes on and on. Pests can be bugs, plants or animals. Just the mention of fleas, cockroaches, dandelions, mold, mice and rats can elicit strong emotions. Pests present a health hazard to your family, pets, and garden.
It is important to know how to properly control these pests that invade our lives. It is nearly impossible to eliminate pests, but it is imperative to control these invasive pests. There are various methods of controlling pests; these can include chemical control, biological control, mechanical methods, or a combination thereof.
Mechanical pest control is usually the most cost effective and if implemented before a vast infestation takes place can produce desired results. Mechanical methods include hand picking (such as pulling weeds) and traps (such as a mouse trap). Mechanical methods of pest control are usually the most environmentally friendly.
Biological pest control includes insecticides that are derived from plants or other naturally occurring substances such as microorganisms.
Chemical pest control includes the use of more toxic synthetic pesticides. Chemical pest control is not environmentally friendly and is never considered as an organic method of control.
“Integrated Pest Management is the coordinated use of pest and environmental information along with available pest control methods, including cultural, biological, genetic and chemical methods, to prevent unacceptable levels of pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment”. (Proceedings of the National Integrated Pest Management Forum. 1992. American Farmland Trust)
Integrated Pest Management stresses the use of complementary methods of pest control such as the introduction of natural predators. This method of pest control is much more ecologically sound than relying on chemical methods.
The first step in pest control is to identify the problem. Particularly when plants are involved, the problem may involve poor growing conditions instead of an attack from an invasive pest. Sometimes identifying the pest is obvious, if you see a mouse scurrying across the floor it is obvious you have need for pest control. The next step is to identify how serious the infestation is, or is this just one mouse that has found its way into your home, or is there a family of mice that has taken up habitation in your home. One mouse can often easily be eradicated using a mouse trap or possibly the family cat. However if you have a large infestation of mice, you may need to resort to stronger chemical methods or find it necessary to hire a professional exterminator to rid your home of the pest problem.
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If you own a home, or even if you rent, pest control is sure to be one of your major considerations, perhaps even right under paying your bills and keeping your house clean. Nobody likes the thought of sharing a home with insects and/or rodents, and therefore there are a number of ways to rid your home of these pests. You may handle the job yourself, or you may hire a professional pest control company. Which is the best choice for you? Here are some pros and cons of DIY pest control, to help you make that decision.
Money savings. Of course, the most obvious reason to do anything yourself is that you can save money by not hiring someone else to do the job. By purchasing pest control products at your local home improvement store and then administering it on your own, you can save a significant amount of money on your pest control.
The choice is yours. You get to choose your own products and methods, and don’t have to leave those decisions to whichever pest control company you choose.
You know what is where. It’s always comforting to know where pest spray was applied in your home, especially if you have pets and/or children. When you are the one doing the spraying and baiting, you know exactly what is where.
You are not a professional. Simply put, do-it-yourselfers are generally not as successful at treating pest problems for good as are professional pest control companies. Face it: you simply don’t know as much about pest control as a professional who has years of experience. Application errors that you consider small could be enough to endanger you and your family, and even to make pest infestations worse.
Safety risks. Many pest control products are actually very strong and dangerous poisons. Handling those poisons puts you at risk, and may even put your family at risk, if you aren’t absolutely sure of what you are doing. Why take that risk?
The spread of infestation. Did you know that it is possible to spread a localized infestation throughout the rest of the house? Not only is it possible, but it’s actually a fairly common occurrence for do-it-yourselfers who aren’t familiar with proper pest control protocol.
If you do decide to put your pest control into the hands of professionals, contact Double G Pest Control and Lawn Services for top-rate service.
We can be reached by phone, at 217-440-2847, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.