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The most effective strategy for controlling pests may be to combine methods in an approach known as integrated pest management
(IPM) that emphasizes preventing pest damage. In IPM, information about pests and available pest control methods is used to manage
pest damage by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. An example of using
the IPM approach for lawn care is presented in the next section of this booklet titled “Preventing Pests.”Some signs of pest infestation are unmistakable.
4 Pests, Pest Control, and Pesticides
Knowing a range of pest control methods gives you the ability to choose among them for an effective treatment. Knowing the options
also gives you the choice of limiting your exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.
Ant Infestation Signs
Live ants - If you’re seeing large numbers of live ants then you may well have a problem. If you find them in your kitchen or in areas where you prepare food, then you need to do something to prevent them from entering.
Ant pathways - In and out of your home or premises are another sign. Some types of ant will lay down a pheromone trail to a food source. This chemical attracts other ants to find the food.
Ant nest - A nest site can look like a small pile of soil or dirt. Some species of ant like to make their home in walls or other quiet, dark places, which are more difficult to spot.
If you’ve spotted ants in your home or business and you're worried you might be at risk of an infestation you can put in place some simple ant repellant and ant deterrent measures. The checklist below will help you keep your home or business free from ants, or make sure your infestation doesn’t grow.
Most ants only come into your home to look for food. They are attracted to anything that’s sweet and sticky, which is why you find ants in kitchen cupboards or areas where food is kept.
With that in mind it’s important to not leave temptation in their path. To get rid of ants you must remember to:
Clean up - food and liquid spillages immediately.
Sweep up - any food crumbs from under your kitchen appliances and units.
Food storage- in airtight containers wherever possible.
Pet owners - clear away any food that isn’t eaten right away.
Block off - the entry points for ants by sealing all cracks and crevices around doors and window frames.
In the garden - keep compost enclosed and make sure all rubbish bins have tightly sealed lids.
Getting Rid of Ants at Business building
In the commercial environment ants are more than just a nuisance. They can cost lots money and harm your reputation. This is particularly true in organizations that handle food - like food processing plants and restaurants and bars, hospitals - or need to keep areas sterile in businesses such as healthcare facilities and pharmaceutical industries.
Premises like warehouses and food retail stores that store food and water need to make sure they have the highest standards of hygiene – and that means being ant-free.
Without adequate ant control at the business building could affect income:
Waste - Contaminated food and other products will have to be thrown away, costing money and resources.
Fear - Infestations in places like hospitals and care homes can spread pathogens (e.g. Pharoah Ants) and alarm patients or residents and lead them to question level hygiene standards.
Reputation Damage - If your reputation suffers so too will your profits, as customers are put off by the presence of ants.
Steps to Take For Effectively Getting Rid of Ants
Ampm Pest Control Technicians understand the habits of different types of ant and can offer discreet and targeted ant control. It goes without saying that all our treatments are safe for your staff and customers.
Preparing for Ant Control Service
Prior to performing this, or any service, professional pest control operators (PCOs) will generally provide you with a specific list of preparation activities, "prep," to be completed before they arrive. However, the following lists some of the most common requests or recommendations made by PCOs - and should also be followed prior to using any over-the-counter pest control products yourself. (When using any pesticide, read and follow all label directions and safe-use guidelines prior to purchase and use.)
Because a lack of preparation could make a treatment unsafe or cause reinfestation of the entire home or building, many PCOs will not treat areas that are not prepared to specifications.