Above everything else, ants play a vital role outside our homes. They ventilate the soil, manage the insect population and beak the nutrients present in the soil composition.
So, it is fair to think of a goal that will not destroy the ants but have control over them out of the perimeter of your house.
In short, it is best to practice ant control rather than kill them altogether.
Ants build their colonies wherein the scouts are being sent outside the colonies to look for their food and water. For the other ants to know if these scouts are able to look for resources, they leave a scent that signals their way back to their colonies.
Other ants in the colony have a task to follow the path of scent by the scouts and bring the found resources to their colony. There are also subcolonies that will later on established as a new autonomous colony depending on the kind of ants led by queen ants from the mother colony.
You can notice heavily passed scent paths from different varieties of ants because of their going in and out of the colony. There are also other types of ants that seem to like a less traveled trail like the ordinary wandering ant.
In the same way, these ants are still following the scent path made by the members of the colony who traveled before them.
Ants’ preferred food is the honeydew made by different insects like aphids found outside your house. If you control the production of honeydew you can reduce the supply of food for the colony of the ants by choosing plants that are not known to aphids.
It is good to use ant trap, a type of pest control, to lessen the usage of insecticides and also more preferred than sprays. But on the other hand, baits for ants have disagreeable side effects to the attraction of new ants.
Ant baits have a taste that can attract and poison ants. The ants bring it to the colony and start o die.
But, some colonies usually send scouts outside their colony who are able to know the ant bait and colonies that are far from this bait forward their workers as food collectors.
Ant baits are effective if being placed in the pathway on the ants’ scent trail and taken away the bait after the activity of these ants is done. Baits for ants use many kinds of attractants, and so if in any chance that it will not work, you may actually try other kinds of ant bait. Another reason is that ants can taste change with regards to their colony’s need. An ant bait that did not function before can work in your present time.
You can also utilize sticky barriers to maintain ants from their travel up the plants and trees. The branches of prunes that touch your house or fences make a bridge that will able ants to cross