These little creatures aerate our soil. Given this fact, it is not correct to exterminate ants altogether. Instead, you just have to practice ant control in house and just keep them away from your home.
Ants are able to create colonies and then send out their own scouts which have the main task of finding water and food for the whole colony. These scouts would leave behind some scent trail that would enable them to come back to their colony carrying the good news regarding their discovery of resources.
The colony’s other members would then follow the produced scent trails in order to collect the resources and then bring these resources back to their colony. It would usually depend upon the type of ant species, but sometimes, the ant colonies would establish their own subcolonies just near the discovered resources.
Another option would be to send out their queens in order to create independent new colonies.
For the argentine ants as well as some other ant species, one can observe some trails that are heavily traveled as these ants would journey to and fro their own colony. The other ant varieties could look far from some traffic jam unlike the most ants we see.
They could be seen just like that of an occasional strolling ant.
One of the usual favorite foods of ants is the one called honeydew. Honeydew is made by some variety or type of insects like aphids, for example.
Once you are able to control the honeydew-producing types of insects, as well as picking the type of plants that aren’t quite popular with them, then you will be able to reduce any food supply for the ant colonies.
Also, the utilization of some ant baits can definitely minimize one’s use of commercial insecticides. And, believe it or not, ant baits are more preferable than sprays.
But, there is also a downside to it: ant baits could attract some new ants. These baits usually include some poison as well as some particular tasty attractant.
The ant rangers would carry these ant baits to their colony and then in just a few days, that particular colony would little by little die off. And the bigger damage would start when the other ant colonies send out their own scouts who may discover the ant bait.
Thus, ant baits would be better used by putting them on the exact path of any ant trail. Then be sure to remove them every after the end of the ant activity. The ant baits usually use various attractants.
If you can observe that one particular attractant doesn’t work, then try another one.
Take note too that the tastes of ants would change depending on the particular needs of a given colony, so an ant bait or any other commercial pest control which didn’t work well in the past could work the next time.
You can also use the help of sticky barriers to stop these little creatures from marching up your plants or trees. Any prune branch which touches your fences, windows, or any opening in your home could serve as the ants’ bridge to the target area.