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When it comes to ants in the kitchen and or elsewhere in your Nashville home, you have probably noticed that ants are hard pests to control. While most types of ants in Tennessee are simply nuisance pests, aside from stinging fire ants, they are not easy to get rid of. Do-it-yourself pest control is often not effective in controlling ants and just when homeowners think they have gotten rid of all the ants they are seeing, they come right back! So, in order to effectively get rid of ants in Nashville, here are 6 crucial steps recommended by our team of Nashville exterminators at All-American Pest Control.

  1. Don’t kill the Ants. Yes! We are serious! We understand that not killing ants is a difficult task as it is our first instinct to kill the ants that we are seeing foraging for food through the kitchen and other rooms in the home. Killing them is not a good idea for three reasons. 1. When the worker ants are killed and do not return to the colony- the queen gets mad and send out more ants in their place. Your problem ultimately just gets worse. 2. Baiting is the absolutely most effective method for ant control in Nashville. With Baiting, the worker ants feed on the material and take the material back to the colony to kill the entire colony. 3. Killing the ants you see not only will it disperse the ants and cause them to take new paths… it will make it harder to trace back to the source of the ant infestation.

  2. Call the pros. Again, Ants are Nashville’s #1 Pest Problem! They made it to #1 on the list because of the tenacity of their Queen and ability to work together and survive! Call the professionals who are trained to find the source and understand how ants work together!

  3. Inspection to find the source. Our pest control professionals will inspect the property and home to find the source of the ant infestation, which is the ant colony. Ant colonies are often very large containing thousands of ants.

  4. Bait. Ant bait is strategically placed around your home so that ants will find the bait and bring it back to the colony as if it were cookie crumbs from your kitchen. Different colonies at different times of year search for a mixture of protein and carbs… we strategically place several types of bait to ensure the quickest success possible.

  5. Perimeter preventative applications. The materials used by our TN pest control technicians allow enough time for the ants to bring the bait back to the colony and eliminate ants at their source.

  6. Follow up. Multiple trips to your home may be required to get rid of ants completely! We will call you back in 2 weeks to check in with you to see how things are going. From that conversation, we will determine if we need to come back for another follow-up visit.

If you are dealing with an ant infestation in your Nashville or surrounding areas including Hendersonville, Brentwood, Franklin, Mount Juliet or Murfreesboro, please contact All-American Pest Control today! Our ant control program is a great way to get rid of the ants you are seeing now and prevent future ant colonies from forming on your property.