In the last post, we talked about some of the common myths that surround the ant control process. However, we merely scratched the surface of all the incorrect information floating around, and equipping yourself with knowledge is the best way to protect your home against future insect infestations. Here are some more common myths about the ant control process.
- Myth: If you only see one ant at a time, you don’t have an infestation yet.
While it’s definitely possible that a stray ant can easily wander into your home, there’s a high likelihood that other ants will follow if the first is successful at finding a food source. In fact, the ants may have already made themselves at home beneath your floorboards or behind the walls. A solitary ant can easily send an invisible chemical signal to other ants that tell them to follow along and come to the food source right away. If you’re unsure whether or not you’re in need of emergency pest control services, contact an exterminator near you for a consultation.
- Myth: Vinegar is one of the best home remedies for ant infestations.
Many people believe this to be true due to the fact that vinegar is effective at keeping a number of different pests at bay. But the truth is that vinegar works in a similar way as the chalk method — it blocks an ant’s scent trail, but only for a short period of time. Furthermore, this DIY method for killing ants won’t do much at all if the ants have already entered your home. This is considered more of a prevention method than an elimination method.
- Myth: Professional pest control services aren’t necessary for ant infestations.
There are many people who prefer to try all natural methods before resorting to some of the chemical treatments used by exterminators. Unfortunately, home remedies are almost never as effective as the powerful tools and extensive knowledge an exterminator is equipped with. If you have an ant colony inside your home, it’s time to act.
Ultimately, understanding these myths will help when battling an ant infestation in the home. Scientists estimate that there are at least 1.5 million ants on the planet for every single human being, and ant infestations can cause serious damage if left untreated. Always stay diligent and never hesitate to contact an exterminator.