Ants are among the most common types of pests, and it can be difficult for people to get rid of them and to keep them from coming back. While you can take some measures to try to keep ants at bay, it is important for you to get help from the experts at Gibson Pest Control. Some types of ants are difficult to control, and the home remedies that people sometimes try may be toxic or ineffective. Still, some people will go to great lengths in an effort to exterminate ants in their homes, sometimes with bad results.
Accidentally Burning Down A House
One recent example of the lengths that people may go to in order to rid their homes of ants happened in Maine. A 21-year-old man was trying to exterminate ants in his parents' basement by burning them with wooden matchsticks. While doing so, he accidentally caught some other material on fire, burning the home to the ground along with the ants. While this may have gotten rid of the ant problem, it also destroyed the house and was obviously a poor way to go about getting rid of ants.
While most people do not go to such extreme lengths as that man did, they often try treatments that simply don't work or that are toxic to pets and children. Ants are drawn to enter homes when they are searching for food. Since they are tiny, they may enter through extremely small cracks. In order to keep ants out of your house, you may need to treat both the exterior and interior of your home. It is also important to understand how to identify different species of ants so that you know where to look to find their nests. If you have carpenter ants infesting your home, it can be very difficult to locate their nests and to control them because they nest in moist wood. In your home, this can mean that they might be nesting in an area that is already damaged or inside of your walls.
Keeping your home clean can help to keep ants away, but it may not be enough. Ants leave invisible scent trails that other ants follow on their paths into your home. You may not see tiny amounts of food sources that bring ants into your home. When you have ongoing pest control management services from the professionals at Gibson Pest Control, you can rid your home of ants and keep them from returning. Contact us today for all of your pest control needs.