We often concentrate on the effects of an infestation on your home, but it’s just as likely that your business might find itself full of ants at some point. The good news about dealing with ants is that they don’t carry disease or need your blood to survive. Unfortunately, that’s where the positives stop. If left untreated, a small ant infestation can grow quite large as more ants are called into play.
Large numbers can be a problem
One of the biggest concerns when it comes to even a small ant infestation is the number of critters that might show up if the problem isn’t rectified. A colony may consist of thousands, if not tens of thousands, of the little critters. Ants are communicative insects, which means it doesn’t take long before the entire colony knows what the ones in your office are up to. Although there are techniques to kill an entire colony, the last thing you want is to have thousands of ants all over your business.
How to prevent ants from entering in the first place
As you’ve probably heard, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” If you want to make sure you never have a small ant infestation problem, you need to be diligent about keeping them outside in the first place. Your initial plan of attack should be to seal up any cracks or gaps in your building that you find. This will help keep them out, but don’t forget that ants are often tiny and can enter through the smallest of places. Once sealing has been completed, be sure that you are diligent about keeping trash thrown away, and clean any existing breakrooms on a regular basis.
How to deal with a small ant infestation already in full swing
If you arrive at your business to discover a line of ants either in your breakroom or elsewhere in the building, don’t panic. This is a situation you can easily fix, and it shouldn’t take very long at all. If the numbers of ants is quite small, you may be able to rectify the problem by grabbing a can of insect spray. There are insecticides on the market that specifically target ants, but for the most part, any poison will do. But while this is a simple way to deal with a small ant infestation, a better alternative — especially if there are quite a few of the critters lurking around — is to utilize a series of ant traps. The ants will enter the trap and take a piece of “food” that is laced with a slow-acting poison. From there, they return to the colony, where the poison affects the entire group.
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