So, you have found the ants trailing on your kitchen worktop yet again! Yes, sometimes it seems quite impossible to keep the ants or sometimes even fourmis charpentière away from your house, but there are many solutions out there. Follow these steps below.
- First things first. Understand the ant colony and its queen.
Firstly, get rid of the ones you don’t see. Sounds weird, but it works. This is because the queen ant never leaves her nest. She just rests inside being fed by her workers, means the ant you see and the queen ant keeps on reproducing more ants. So you can spray the ants you see, and she will just keep making more of them.
- Notice the trail ants
This might sound weird too, but simply observe that enter your home to check where they are actually coming from and going to. These ants will seek food, but once they find it, they will return back to their nests with the crumb, leaving behind their scent trail. This, in turn, helps the fellow worker ants to keep gathering the food.
- Do not spray the ants
As mentioned above, the ants you actually see are the worker ants. Their job is to seek food and feed the queen ant to her reproduce more ants. Because of this very reason, these worker ants are your ticket into the colony. If you spray and kill these ants, the colony will set free more worker ants to get on your nerve and annoy the hell out of you.
- Set out any bait
Instead of exterminating any worker ant, use them. Follow the label directions, place ant baits along the trail you identified. The workers will find the bait, carry it back to their nest and feed the queen, consequently killing her and getting rid of future population.
- Put a pause on cleaning
It might seem a good idea to get rid of other food sources, but the last thing you want to do it to mop away the odor left by the ant trail. The trail will now lead the workers to your set up bait instead.
- Have patience
The ants will carry the bait covered with the insecticide back to the nest but it will take a few days to eradicate the colony. You may even need to replace the bait station if they empty the food.