A lot of homeowners in Colorado have been complaining that there are ants in the kitchen, in the bathroom, and just about everywhere. If you are dealing with the same problem, you are in good company. And though instinct may have you going for that can of spray under the kitchen sink in order to kill these pesky insects, make sure that you read this first. It is what NOT to do when you see ants this spring. And if you are fed up in dealing with ants in your home and have decided to take action, whatever you are about to do could be on this list of don’ts!
Do not use store bought insect killing sprays.
Store bought sprays that are intended to kill ants and other insects are usually not effective. While they may kill the ants that you are seeing, they are not getting to the root of the ant problem - the ant colony. Colonies are usually located outside but some species may form their colonies inside of structures in the home. Until the entire colony has been destroyed on your property, you will continue to see ants.
Do not spray household cleaners to stop ants.
If you are in a pinch and the only thing under your sink is a household cleaner, you may be tempted to use this to kill those pesky ants foraging for food on your kitchen counters. But just as mentioned above, spraying household cleaners is not going to eradicate the ant infestation either. Also, by spraying chemicals where the ants have been foraging, you will be removing the scent trail that they follow. This forces ants to take alternate routes to find food sources and makes ant control even harder in the end.
Do not mix chemicals to kill ants.
When it comes to do-it-yourself ant control, the greatest danger is from mixing chemicals. Improper mixing of chemicals and pesticides can be dangerous to you, your family, and your pets which is why ant control is always best left to the CO pest control professionals.
At EnviroPest by Sprague Pest Solutions, our pest professionals will inspect your home, locate the ant colony and eradicate the ants at their source. This will not only get rid of ants you are seeing now, but also prevent future ants from foraging through the home. In addition, our HomeSmart Pest™ Prevention Program is a great option to be proactive in stopping ants before they have the chance to really bug you.
To learn more about ant control in Denver and Boulder or surrounding areas, please contact EnviroPest by Sprague Pest Solutions today!