Four techniques are used to control ants. 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. 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. 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.
Physical control method can also be used to control ants. Physical control involves removing of ant food so that they do not reach it. Ants feed on foods such as timber, cotton, cardboard and old newspapers. When this control method is used, a barrier is the one that is put in place by many people. Such barriers are placed between the ground and the fibrous materials. These barriers are mostly made of slabs. Use of heat, and cold materials will also be involved when physical control method is being used. 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.
Ants can also be controlled using another way called biological control method. Even if it is not the best control methods, at times 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. 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. The method of controlling ants that is mostly recommended is them biological control method even if the market has not accepted it well.
You can control ants using chemical control method which is also the last control method. It is the last because it should be applied when other control methods fail to work. The soil and also people can be poisoned when chemical control method is used, and that’s why it is not recommended. Toxic materials have to be used to treat the soils when chemical control method is used to control ants infestation. Chemical control method may release dangerous gases that may damage the ozone layer.