We have all encountered an ant infestation at some point in our lives. Ants at a picnic, in the kitchen, crawling over discarded food, the list goes on. To combat a colony before it takes over your home, make sure you have the right ant solutions. Understand how they operate, what attracts them and the best practices to eliminate them from your home with this guide.
Ants: understanding the common pest
There are over 12,000 ants in the world, with about 550 known species in South Africa alone. Ants exist in a complex system called a colony. This unit composes of a large queen ant, female worker ants, soldier ants and male ants who assist with mating. The worker ants divide into younger ants who care for young larvae (brood) and the queen, while the older ants go out in search of food to bring back to the colony. The queen is the hub of the colony, being the sole producer of new ants with the short-lived help of the male ants. Together, this unit is a ‘superorganism’ as they defend, hunt, produce and work together as one. They use pheromones, chemical signals, to communicate with one another and to mark trails when they go scouting for food.
Maintaining a clean area is imperative to reduce ants in your home. Eliminate trails and reduce attractive crumbs for worker ants out scouting by cleaning after meals and messes. To explore this further, read our guide on ways you could be attracting ants into your home.
In order to ant proof your home, prevention is just an important as cure. Be sure you cover food, clean up and monitor for signs of ants regularly.
Make ants scant: finding ant solutions
To meet ants head-on, you need to be strategic enough to outsmart a superorganism. This is why understanding the ant colony gives you an advantage.
With Efekto No Ant Bait Station, the solution is a ready-to-use system designed to infiltrate the colony and control pest populations from the source. When you use Efekto No Ant Bait Station, the bait attracts the worker ants into the traps, where they collect the bait and carry it back to the queen and her brood, or nest. Over a period of time, the colony will become controlled.
How to use:
- Start by removing Efekto No Ant Bait Station from the packaging. Open by twisting gently in the direction shown by the arrows on the top of the bait station. Pull the white tab to remove the seal and activate the bait.
- Place the No Ant Bait Station in the path of the ants, close to the nest entrance. Secure the bait station by placing a brick or a heavy object on top to avoid accidental displacement.
- Leave the No Ant Bait Station in place for up to two months, even if no ants appear. For severe infestations, use more bait stations and replace every three-four weeks. Efekto No Ant Bait Station comes in packs of two and four bait stations.
For a complete approach to ant control, Efekto also provides additional ant solutions and further information on each product online.
Oust unwanted tenants
We hope you understand how to approach your pest problem with these ant solutions. For more help, advice or information, contact us.