Many ants enter homes from outside nests as they forage for food.
Knowing what species of ant is present helps to determine the nesting site, food preference, and the best method of management. In most cases, the most effective, permanent solution is to find and treat the nest; queens must be killed to properly eliminate a colony.
Spraying foraging ants is only temporary and has little impact on the nest. Spraying foraging ants may even exacerbate the problem.
Baiting is one of the most effective ways of eliminating ants. Workers feed on the bait and take it back to the nest where they share it with the rest of the colony. An advantage of baits is that they are delivered into inaccessible areas that insecticide sprays cannot reach, and will have a better chance of killing the queen. However, it is important to be patient; baits can act slowly and may take several weeks to eradicate a colony. Ants will not be equally attracted to all baits. It is important to identify what ant species is present so the appropriate bait can be used.
Ant management requires diligent efforts and the combined use of mechanical, cultural, sanitation, and chemical control methods. It is unrealistic and impractical to attempt to totally eliminate ants from an outdoor area. We focus management efforts on excluding ants from buildings or valuable plants and eliminating their food and water sources. Reducing outdoor sources of ants near buildings will reduce the likelihood of ants coming indoors.
Shakespeare Pest Control has the most effective baits and equipment to eliminate your ant problems.