Ants are controlled in 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. Some houses are raised above the ground, and they are the ones we should live in because that’s the best example to explain that. Also, when you choose to use the cultural method to control ants, you should live in an area that does not allow ants infestation. Some people even raise animals that feed on ants because it is an example of cultural ants control 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. Physical control involves removing of ant food so that they do not reach it. Timber, cotton, cardboard, and newspapers are the things that ants will feed on. A lot of people who use this ants control method put a barrier. You will place such barriers between the ground and the fibrous materials. Slabs are the ones that are mostly used to create these barriers. Physical control method will also involve use of heat or cold materials. You can increase the temperature of the area they have infested up to forty five degrees Celsius. When temperatures are increased, ants will not survive in that area, and so they will move away.
The biological control method is another way you can use to control ants. Biological control method is not the best way to control pests although sometimes it has an impact. In biological control method, ants are fed by their enemies or ant eaters. Ants can be fed or eaten by birds and termites because they are their natural enemies. You can also control ant’s infestation in your home by using nematodes. Tiny worms that are parasites to ants and termites are the ones that are called nematodes. 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 is the last because it should be applied when other control methods fail to work. It is not recommendable to use those ant control methods because it may affect the soil or other people. Toxic materials have to be used to treat the soils when chemical control method is used to control ants infestation. Dangerous gases are released when chemical control method is used which might destroy the ozone layer.