Controlling of ants is done using four methods. Ants are controlled using four methods, and they are the cultural, physical, biological and chemical methods. Things that we do and also how we do it are the ones that are referred to as cultural ants control methods. For instance, we should stay in houses that are raised a bit above the ground. The area that does not support ant infestation is the one you should live in when you choose to control ants using the cultural method. Animals that feed on ants should also be raised by people because it is also a way of controlling ants using cultural method. Not everyone will prefer to live that way even if ants can be controlled using cultural methods.
You can also control ants by using physical control methods. 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. Such barriers are placed between the ground and the fibrous materials. Use of slabs is the one that most people use when they are creating barriers. You will have to use heat and cold materials when you choose physical control method to control ants infestation. You can increase the temperature of the area they have infested up to forty five degrees Celsius. Ants cannot survive there and such areas will be avoided by them when temperatures are increased.
The biological control method is another way you can use to control ants. At times this method have an effect even if it is not the best control method. In biological control method, ants are fed by their enemies or ant eaters. Ants have natural enemies that feed on them, and they are termites and birds. Other people choose to use nematodes to control ants’ infestation in their homes. Ants have parasites such as nematodes which are tiny worms. When biological control method is used to control ants, you can make them fall ill by using certain fungi that affect them. Even though the biological method has not been recognized in the market well, it is the one that is mostly recommended.
The last method that is used to control ants is the chemical control method. It should be applied when other control methods fail to work, and that’s why it is the last. The soil and also people can be poisoned when chemical control method is used, and that’s why it is not recommended. When this method is used to control ants, the soil has to be treated with toxic substances. Chemical control method may release dangerous gases that may damage the ozone layer.