If you are like most homeowners you have probably struggled when it comes to the question of how to get rid of ants in your home. You might have tried home remedies or just tried to squish the ants as you see them, but this doesn’t really work. Before long you might have an even bigger problem on your hands.
Professional pest controllers can deal with the ants effectively and then offer advice on the best way of preventing ants from returning.
Key information about getting rid of ants in your home
Is it worth spending money on off the shelf treatments or trying home remedies?
If you are thinking that you’ve worked out where the ants are and therefore you can just try to solve the problem yourself we’d caution against it. We so often hear about the long, tedious hours spent placing out supermarket baits, sand etc, only to end up exhausted and disappointed as the ants didn’t budge. We understand that if you discover a nest with a single queen that it may be easy enough to eradicate with a little ‘Kiwi ingenuity’. But usually, there are more than just one nest on-site and often a couple of varieties and those off the shelf or home remedies just don’t work.
Can’t I just kill the ants when I see them?
Killing one or two ants when you see them might seem productive but it doesn’t usually solve the whole problem. That’s because there are usually lots more ants hiding somewhere you haven’t spotted. To really get rid of them you need to deal with the nest itself.
Why are professional ant treatments better?
Professional ant treatments are specifically designed. They can involve slow-acting yet powerful non-repellent sprays, specific protein or sugar-based baits, ant sand etc. These are chosen depending on which varieties are present. Some species predominately feed on sugars, while others prefer protein and even fats. During different stages of nest maturity, you will find that they will switch food sources. They do this because it is what the nest requires at the time. This is then combined with professional application in exactly the right areas giving a much better chance of success.
Is there anything I can do to help the technician?
You might want to starve the ants but we actually recommend leaving some food out for them a couple of hours before the technician arrives. This will help create a steady trail of ants so to give your tech a good headstart. Your observations will have alerted you to which foods they are currently taking.
Is it safe to have the ant treatment done if I have children or pets at home?
After a certain period, it is safe for you, your family and your pets to be in and around your home. Our FAQs tell you more about the stand-down periods.
How much does it cost to get rid of ants in my home?
The cost of getting rid of ants in your home depends on a number of factors. Factors include how many areas are being treated and how much bait we need to put down. We can give you a better idea of the cost when you contact us. Once we’ve treated your home we’ll give you some advice on how to prevent ants in the future.
Ready to deal with your ant problem? Give us a call today to book an appointment.