Ants are the 3rd most pest problem in the Malaysia. Ant control can be difficult, but there are some things you should know about how ants’ behavior can lead to big headaches for you and your home.


Ant Control Methods and Strategies

Ants: Facts, Identification & Control

Ants are the number one pest problem in the country. Ant control can be difficult, but there are some things you should know about how ants’ behavior can lead to big headaches for you and your home:

  1. Entry: Ants can enter through even the tiniest cracks, seeking water and sweet or greasy food substances in the kitchen pantry or storeroom areas.
  2. Scent trails: Ants leave an invisible chemical trail which contains pheromones for others to follow once they locate the food source.
  3. Nest locations: They can nest about anywhere in and around your house; in lawns, walls, stumps, even under foundations.
  4. Colony size: Can number up to 300,000 to 500,000 and whole colonies can uproot and relocate quickly when threatened.
  5. Colony Lifetime: A colony can live a relatively long lifetime. Worker ants may live seven years and the queen may live as long as 15 years.
  6. Do-it-yourself ineffectiveness: Most do-it-yourself ant control approaches only kill the ants you see. Some truly effective treatments can penetrate and destroy nests to help prevent these pests from returning. Also, home remedies don’t account for the fact that different kinds of ant infestations require different treatments.


Ant Control Tips

There are plenty of ant control strategies that you can use to limit ant populations in your home or workplace. Professional pest controllers recommend these ant control methods and strategies:

  • Remove food: You need to be able to reduce their food sources. Clean up all food waste and spillages immediately; keep food in tight sealed containers; seal up your rubbish bags ; and avoid leaving pet food around for long periods of time.
  • Trim up: Keep general vegetation around the premises under control to aid in ant control. Trees and bushes should not be touching the building, gutter or eaves, and overhanging branches should be trimmed back.

  • Ant Control Methods and Strategies

    Inspection: It is vital to identify the correct genus or species of ant causing the problem. There are thousands of species and a number cause major problems in our homes and workplaces. Identifying the correct ant species is vital since they all have different food and nesting preferences. Locating nests and eradicating their 'home" is the most successful way of dealing with an ant infestation - but often the nests hard if not impossible to locate. A thorough inspection will provide important clues to a successful treatment.

    Chemical Treatments: Chemical treatments for ant control range from liquid and dry powder formulation to granules. Most active ingredients in these products are based on synthetic pyrethroids, which are much safer for your family and pets. Chemical treatments can sometimes provide ongoing protection (like a barrier) against future ant infestation, however this depends on the species of ant, and the type and placement of the ant control product.

    Ant Baiting: Ants baits are a highly effective ant control tool. After correct identification of the ants, the correct bait can be selected and placed strategically to encourage the ants to feed. The advantage of using ant baits is that the ants transfer the bait back to the colony; if the baiting job is done well, the entire colony can be eradicated with a single visit. The disadvantage of using baits is that the baits may need to be replenished over time - and the ants will not die off immediately, so patience is needed.


    Do I Need Professional Ant Control Assistance?

    While there steps you can take to minimise ant infestation, if invasions are severe or consistent, you will need the help of a professional for long-term ant control.

    Why call in a professional pest controller for your ant control?

    1. We know the type of environments around your home that ants love, and have learnt quite a few secrets about their habits over the years. They have the experience of knowing where to look and an in-depth knowledge of additional factors you may not be aware of.
    2. Our professional pest controllers have specialised equipment to gain access to normally inaccessible parts of the building structure.
    3.Professional pest controllers have a wide variety of products and systems that can provide on-going eradication of, and protection from ants.
    4.James White Ants Destroying's ant control professionals provide a full service warranty.