Across the country and throughout the year, ants are one of the most frequently encountered pests. Because they are so common, it is critical that we know how to manage them and take the time to do so correctly. While the best way to manage an ant infestation is dependent on the species and context, there are some best practices that should apply to any situation.
- When you can, start with prevention. For example, denying ants access to the structure by trimming landscape ornamentals back from the home eliminates an opportunity for infestation.
- If you encounter an existing problem, start with identification. Although they may look similar, different species of ants have different behaviors that should be factored into your management program.
- Take advantage of the information the ants give you. Following ant trails can lead you back to pest entry points, nest sites and conducive conditions in need of correction.