Controlling of ants is done using four methods. Cultural, physical, biological, and chemical control processes are the four ants control methods used. Things that we do and also how we do it are the ones that are referred to as cultural ants control methods. For example, houses that are raised above the ground are the ones we should live in. Also, when you choose to use the cultural method to control ants, you should live in an area that does not allow ants infestation. A good example of cultural ants control method is where people choose to raise animals that feed on ants. Not everyone will prefer to live that way even if ants can be controlled using cultural methods.
Ants can also be controlled using physical control method. You should remove ant food so that the ant may not reach it which is an example of physical control. Foods that ants feed on are like rotten timber, cotton, and old newspapers. A barrier is set by those people who use this ant control method. You will place such barriers between the ground and the fibrous materials. Use of slabs is the one that most people use when they are creating barriers. Use of heat, and cold materials will also be involved when physical control method is being used. Temperatures of up to forty five degrees Celsius is the one that should be used in areas that have been infested with ants. When temperatures are increased, ants will not survive in that area, and so they will move away.
Ants can also be controlled using another way called biological control method. Biological control method is not the best way to control pests although sometimes it has an impact. Biological control method involves releasing natural ants’ enemies to feed on them. Termites and birds are the natural enemies of ants that feed on them. Other people choose to use nematodes to control ants’ infestation in their homes. Nematodes are tiny worms that are parasites to ants. Biological control methods will also involve use of fungi that make the ants fall ill. Even though the biological method has not been recognized in the market well, it is the one that is mostly recommended.
Chemical control method is the last method that is used to control pests. It should be applied when other control methods fail to work, and that’s why it is the last. It is not recommendable to use those ant control methods because it may affect the soil or other people. The soils have to be treated with toxic substances when this method is used to control ants. Chemical control method may release dangerous gases that may damage the ozone layer.