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Does your home have an ant issue? If you’ve tried store-bought sprays, homemade treatments, and everything else the online pest patrol communities suggest, take a look at some questions to ask before you buy another bait.

What Type of Ant Does Your Home Have?

Even though ants may look similar, they aren’t all the same. The extermination method needs to match the type of ant that’s invaded your interior space. The wrong bait may not attract or fully eliminate the ant. If the store-bought ant eliminator you’ve tried hasn’t done the trick, you need to call a professional. A pest control contractor can identify the ants and choose the correct treatment.

Did You Use the Right Bait?

Some pest control solutions are made from ineffective ingredients. If you use a homemade mix or repellent, the ingredients may do little to eliminate your ant issue.

Where Did You Place the Bait?

You bought a bag-full of baits and placed them around your home. But did you put the baits in the right places? If you’re not sure where to place the baits, you could miss the ants completely. In general, baits need to go in high ant areas. If the ants don’t have easy access to the bait, it isn’t likely you’ll eliminate the problem.

What Other Food Sources Are Available?

What attracts ants to those store-bought DIY bait stations? These products are made for ants to feed from. But if the ants have another (or more appealing) food source, they may avoid the bait. Make sure there isn’t another appetizing meal for the invaders to seek out nearby.

To reduce other potential food sources, clean your home regularly. Wipe away and sweep crumbs or other leftover food debris from surfaces such as countertops and floors. Vacuum regularly and mop hard flooring surfaces to remove hard to see debris. Along with crumbs and spills, keep food products safe in the kitchen or pantry. Use air-tight plastic containers and bags to limit the ants’ access.

If you’ve removed all possible food sources and the ants still won’t take the bait, you need to contact a pest control professional. The exterminator can inspect the area, diagnose the problem, and recommend an effective treatment.

Did You Block the Ant’s Exit Out of Your Home?

Cracks, holes, or other types of exterior damage give ants an easy entry into you home. In some cases, you may need to take advantage of these issues to control the ant population. The ants may use these entry points as exits — bringing the poisonous bait back to the nest. This extermination strategy relies on the ants’ typical feeding behaviors to eliminate the entire colony.

Before you plug every entry (and exit) point, consult with a pest control professional. The exterminator can assess your home for entry areas, determine what treatment will work best for your home, and suggest when and where to make exterior repairs. After the elimination is complete, you will need to close cracks, holes, and other entry points to avoid other potential pest problems.

Have You Waited Long Enough?

Ant elimination doesn’t happen overnight. Some DIY pest control products and homemade recipes may claim to work within hours. While the ants may take the bait quickly, full colony extermination can take weeks (or longer) without professional help.

If you want to exterminate the ants quickly, efficiently, and effectively, you need the help of a qualified professional. A licensed pest control contractor can explain how the extermination process works and provide you with an expected timeline. The extermination expert can also schedule repeat routine services to maintain an ant-free indoor environment.

Do you need professional ant extermination? Contact Diam Pest Control for more information.