When it comes to dealing with termites, you don’t have too many options. For one thing, the chemicals used to get rid of these pests are so dangerous and have been banned for use on residential properties. This leaves you with one of your only real options for getting rid of ants – to use an Ant Exterminator. But what exactly does an Ant Exterminator do and how much does it cost?
So, how exactly does an Ant Exterminator work? It’s actually quite simple to explain. When you see ants running around your home, the first step is to inspect the area for possible ants. You do this by walking around the perimeter of the building, looking for cracks, crevices and other obvious signs of an infestation. If you find anything suspicious, then it’s time to take action. The Ant Exterminator uses a bait and release system, releasing a small amount of poison (or non-toxic aerosol) into the space where the ants are residing.
Once the Ant Exterminator has baited their system, the real killing process begins. First, the bait (which can be made from any foodstuff that’s safe for human consumption) is placed inside of individual nests, which are then monitored by a trained eye. The trained eye will watch for any activity in the nests, looking for movement. When the Ant Exterminator senses movement in the nest, the operator presses a button on a remote control unit and drops a bomb-like probe into the nest. The probe bursts, causing the death of the colony and the immediate death of all of the ants inside.
While it’s unfortunate, fire ants are one of the most resilient of all insect species. This means that the Ant Exterminator has to take into account that they could simply move on if they weren’t bothered by an infestation. They can also adapt their strategy to suit the size and species of the Ant Exterminator itself. For instance, a large and strong human settlement is obviously going to be more trouble than it’s worth to an ant exterminator. The same strategy applies for ant colonies that are made up of small, soft and moist colonies.
However, many ants are sensitive to heat. The larger and stronger colonies are more likely to be eaten alive by the larger, warmer of the colony’s members. The Ant Exterminator must therefore inspect the entire colony for heat-sensitive ants before dropping any bombs. As with humans, it’s better to err on the side of caution than to kill an entire colony.
Fire ants are very different from regular termites and ants that like to build mud huts. If an infestation is allowed to grow unchecked, an exterminator might not be able to prevent it. In cases where this kind of pest control is needed though, it would be wise to let the experts deal with it. Ants can be as stubborn as they come, and it can be expensive to try to get rid of them in the long run.