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It seems like every spring and early summer we are bombarded with ants. They can squeeze through tiny cracks and invade your house overnight. As long as they find a good source of food (like your pantry) and a nice place out of the heat, they’ll stay for as long as possible. The question is, how do you actually get rid of them. Here are a few practical ways to avoid ants right now and in the future.

Act Quickly

Like any pest in or around your home, you need to get on it quickly. If you see an ant or two in the kitchen or bathroom, they are probably just scouts that are searching for a food and water source. If they find it and signal to the rest of the colony, it can be extremely difficult to take out the colony.

Identify the Species Before Treating

Whether you are planning to buy a product at the store or use a pest control service, the first thing that needs to happen is identify what type of ant it is that is in your home. This is important because certain types of ants can split their colonies without a moment’s’ notice, leading to a decrease in ant activity and then flurries for months afterward. That’s because these “satellite” colonies aren’t beholden to a queen like others, and it makes getting rid of them a game of attrition and skill. You can find out more at sites like pestworld.

 

 

Choose Wisely

If you choose to do it yourself, there are a few things you should know firsthand. You’ll need to read and research the products beforehand so that you treat the species correctly and apply the right amount. You’ll also want to keep in mind that you’ll likely need a place away from kids and pets to store the pest control product that you purchase.

Six Brothers to the Rescue

If all else fails, get a Kansas City Exterminator to come to your home and treat in and around it. We realize that you have a lot of things to do, and probably don’t want to have to kill ants during your free time. Six Brothers is professional and has regularly trained individuals that will be able to identify the pest species and come up with a short and long term plan to get rid of them for good.