When Ants Establish An Infestation Within A Home, Locating Their Nesting Site Is More Important Than Identifying Their Food Source
The majority of insects, even most desert-dwelling species, thrive in warm and moist conditions. This is why humid tropical regions see the greatest abundance and diversity of insect species when compared to the insect fauna found in all other regions of the world. Moisture is necessary in order for insect eggs and larvae to develop properly. In the natural environment, insects flourish in areas rich in plant-life, as abundant vegetation keeps moisture low to the ground. Insect pests often congregate in indoor areas where plumbing or rainwater leaks have created hospitable conditions. However, most insect pests cannot be fully eliminated from infested homes unless their food source is identified and removed, but this is not necessarily the case when it comes to ant pests.
When it comes to eliminating pantry pests, like Indian meal moths and drugstore beetles, identifying and removing their food source is of paramount importance. Ant pests that seek out human food sources, like carpenter ants and Pharaoh ants, cannot be controlled simply by identifying and removing their food sources within homes. The indoor food sources that ant pests prefer are usually obvious to residents living within infested homes. The first and most important step in the process of eliminating ant infestations is to locate their nesting sites. Knowing where colony nesting sites are located allows homeowners and pest control professionals to determine the appropriate type of pest treatment. Many ant pest species, like carpenter ants and pavement ants, dwell in nests that can be effectively treated with liquids and dusts. Unfortunately, indoor ant nests are often located within wall voids, beneath floorboards and in other inaccessible areas. Also, some ant pest species establish nests that cannot be treated topically, in these cases, baits are the most effective control option. It is important to place bait stations as close as possible to ant nests in order to reduce the distance worker ants must travel to transport food back to the colony, as worker ants may ignore or abandoned inconveniently placed bait stations.
Have ant pests ever established a nesting site within the wall voids in your home?