Scientists are always seeking new ways to get pest populations under control and discover more potent ways to eliminate infestations as quickly (and safely) as possible. However, many of the more powerful pest management solutions are also highly toxic and hazardous to humans. Fortunately, a recent development has offered a way to deal with ant pest control in particular–hydrogels.
Hydrogels are crystals that absorb immense amount of water and can be used to dispense bait to ants in liquid form (their preferred type of nutrient source). It’s been shown that dropping baited hydrodgels by ant colonies can eliminate their numbers by 94% in a matter of weeks. Better yet, hydrogels can be selectively targeted are inexpensive to make, and require far less pesticide to be effective. However, as it’s still being tested, here are a number of ways you can manage ant infestations around your home or office building.
How to Manage Ant Pest Control
1. Focus on Sanitation
As with many pests, ants are drawn to food and water in the environment. So if there is garbage, crumbs, or general litter around your property, it can attract ants and encourage them to set up colonies. By keeping an area clean, you eliminate many of the lures that can bring ants your way in the first place.
2. Seal Your Building
Ants often enter a home or commercial property through cracks in the walls, windows, or doorways. By properly caulking or otherwise sealing such openings, you can deny ants access and prevent them from invading your space. Be sure that your home or office also doesn’t have any areas where water might be leaking in, as such liquid would also serve to draw ants in.
3. Trim Back Vegetation
Ants are often found in trees and shrubbery, so if there are large amounts of these surrounding your property, there may be colonies present you aren’t even aware need pest control. Trim vegetation around your home or office building to inspect for ants while also ridding them of potential defensive positions. At the very least, make sure none are touching the building itself, which would let ants crawl from the plants to the structure.
Contact EcoShield today if you’re struggling with an ant infestation!