Ants are one of the most diligent species in the entire animal kingdom. Their foraging abilities are unmatched, as are their communication skills within a colony. There are all types of ants in the world, from tiny blacks ants that are little more than a nuisance to bullet ants that are used by some tribes of people as a passage into manhood.
The good news is that you will probably never have to deal with bullet ants in your lifetime. But that doesn’t mean you can simply look the other way when ants invade your house. The first step, however, is to determine if you have a small ant infestation or only a few kitchen ants.
The difference is obvious
One great thing about ants is that they don’t try to hide. Unlike insects such as cockroaches and crickets, they have no need to find shelter. Their only thought is to search for food, find it, and bring it back to the colony. That’s why you’ll often see an ant struggling with a big piece of food or debris, trying desperately to return it to the ant’s home, but you’ll never see him give up, even if you try to disturb him. Because of this, it’s quite easy to determine whether you’re dealing with a few ants or a small ant infestation. All you need to do is look around and you’ll figure it out.
Handling a few ants in your kitchen
If you wake up in the morning to find a few ants in your kitchen, check the surrounding area for more. Often, these ants are merely scouts that are searching for food. If they hit the jackpot, they’ll use a pheromone signature to attract their colony to the area. Getting rid of only a few ants is simple. Of course, you can kill them with a tissue or something else if you’d like, but spraying works as well. Just one spray of insesticide will do the trick.
Getting rid of a small ant infestation
If you discover quite a few ants in your home, a small ant infestation may already be underway. Your best plan of action in this case is to eliminate them as soon as possible, before the problem becomes much bigger. Some homeowners will reach for the insecticide, but depending on their numbers, that might not be enough to fix the problem. What you want to do is pick up some ant traps at your local pest control supplier. These traps will attract the ants to a piece of poison inside the unit, which they’ll take back to the colony. The poison is slow-acting, and once inside, it will begin eliminating the colony from within.
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