An ant infestation can be a rather serious problem, especially when they manage to settle in houses, hospitals, hotels and restaurants; the damage that a colony is able to do is not to be underestimated.
It is possible to notice the presence of ants with traces of sawdust and small holes that they leave on the ground and in the hidden corners of buildings. In this case they are probably starting to prepare a new nest and this is the right time to act.
In mobile homes on campsites, for example, there are many problems that these insects can create.
First of all, of course, digging creates material damage to wooden structures and insulating wall and ceiling panels that will need to be replaced in the long term.
Ants can also create problems in electrical installations with short-circuit and fire hazards.
Finally, these small insects are still able to create a rather annoying noise while digging (let’s not forget that a colony is normally composed of hundreds of specimens) and as a result can create annoyance to the rest and tranquility of our guests.
Most species of ants prefer warm climates, so our environment is certainly ideal for these insects.
The first spring temperatures facilitate their “awakening” from winter torpor by inviting them to come out of the anthill again in search of food, but we can also encounter them in winter, when they can benefit from our heating systems.
Ants have an extremely advanced social organization; knowing it is the element that makes the difference in their pest control. It is the worker ants that infest our homes, they go in search of food to take to the ant farm to the queen.
The queen is completely dependent on the workers for food and they are able to travel very long distances in search of food, even more than 100 meters, and feed her continuing in this way the development of the colony and the species.
There are many products that are sold as “do-it-yourself” insecticide, but you have to be very careful when using them: treatments with sprays, for example, in most cases, only guarantee a temporary respite, while treatments using powders should be avoided because there is a risk of them being inhaled by animals or children.
A disinfestation is to be considered decisive only when it eliminates the queen or when it removes all the ants, both adult workers and those still immature who will then replace them.
In the first case the colony will be without a leader, while in the second case the queen will find herself alone and will not be able to rebuild the colony.
During the disinfestation, the structure of the nest must also be taken into account, which can have an extremely complex and reticular architecture and considerable dimensions. These are all very much dependent on the species, the age of the colony and the nature of the soil.
The team of professionals carries out a survey and evaluates the species of ants, followed by the use of food baits that can solve the problem within 24/48 hours.
The main food baits used can be in gel, in dispenser and in microgranules, and have the function of devitalizing the nest.
The workers collect the food bait to take it to their shelter and share the food with the other ants and the queen.