Often times when we spot ants in the kitchen our first thought is to kill them! And what’s the closest weapon in the kitchen? Household cleaners! It makes sense that these chemicals will kill ants but at All-American Pest Control we wanted to share some information on why household cleaners are not the best solution to get rid of ants in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.
Sure, a few sprays of a common cleaner will kill the ants you see but this is not effective in getting to the root of the issue... the ant colony. Household cleaners are not the best solution because they will kill the foraging ants instantly, not giving them a chance to bring the poisons back to the rest of the colony. The ants that you are seeing foraging around for food are just the tip of the iceberg and are just members of a much larger colony. By killing just the ants that you see, you will not be able to locate the colony nor really resolve the entire ant problem.
Also, by spraying household cleaners you will remove the ant’s pheromone trails, which causes the other ants to create new paths so they will come from different areas in the home. Seems a little strange but it’s actually best to leave this invisible ant trail untainted because it will allow the pest control professionals to more easily locate the ant colony. By forcing ants to take new paths, it will be much harder to find and treat the ant colony.
So, what should you do if you find foraging ants in your kitchen? Hold back on the sprays and contact All-American Pest Control for highly effective ant control. Our pest control technicians have the knowledge and experience to accurately locate the ant colony and will develop a pest control plan that eliminates these pests.
If your home is ant free and you want to keep it that, be sure to wipe up crumbs and spills right away so that you eliminate potential food sources and eliminate moisture around windows to help discourage ants. Click here for more ant prevention tips!
To learn more about how to get rid of ants in Nashville and surrounding Middle Tennessee communities, please contact All-American today. Our Nashville pest control team is ready to help eliminate ants that are in your home now and prevent future ant infestations. Ah, now doesn’t that sound better than non-stop ant killing with your kitchen cleaners?