Ants are a diverse group of insects with more than 12,000 different species. They play a vital role in ecosystem health but can be a nuisance if they enter your home. And, if you don’t know what you’re doing, an infestation will persist.

If you are wondering how to get rid of ants, you may be curious about the methods and products ant exterminators use. The information below will go over the main types of ant prevention methods. It also offers some advice on what can be handled on your own and when to call a professional.

Products Used to Treat Ants

It is a common misconception that the harshest ant prevention chemicals are the most effective. But insects can become resistant to treatments and some products are more effective against certain types of pests.

The most common chemicals used by ant exterminators are some type of pyrethrum, which works to paralyze pests, then eventually kill them. It is a natural insecticide derived from two different chrysanthemum flowers. 

Pyrethroids are synthetic versions of pyrethrum. They are used in a variety of products, from insect repellants to agriculture.

While considered safe for human beings and animals, it can cause skin irritation. Excessive exposure can lead to nausea, headaches, muscle weakness, seizures, and other negative health conditions.

Pyrethroids, which can be effective for up to 12 hours, last longer than pyrethrum. But pyrethrum is more environmentally friendly. In fact, organic farms can use it for pest control.

Can I Apply These Products on My Own?

You may be wondering if DIY pest control is an option for getting rid of ants. Many store-bought products can take care of minor infestations, such as a few ants around your back door.

There are few reasons you would want to call a professional. One is that, besides ant poison, you will need to buy protective gear.

Next, not every product is effective against all types of insects. A professional pest control service will know which insecticide is the right one for your particular problem. They also will know when and how to use it.

Also, you can find pest control services that use safe, eco-friendly insecticides that will not harm your family or pets. Many products that you find at the hardware store may be labeled “safe,” but contain harsh pest control chemicals. Trained ant exterminators will have access to insecticides that are both safe and effective.

Also, both pyrethrum and pyrethroids can have negative effects on fish, amphibians, and other insects like honey bees. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has labeling requirements for products containing these substances. A professional ant control service will already know how to apply them to minimize potential negative impacts on wildlife.

Find Ant Exterminators Near You

Now that you have an idea of the types of ant control methods for southern Maryland, you can determine what is the best course forward. Getting rid of ants in your home is important, but be sure to do it safely.

Planet Friendly Pest Control is a locally owned and operated extermination company that can take care of your ant problem while minimizing the impact on the environment. We can get rid of the ants while keeping your pets and loved ones free from chemical exposure. Reach out to us today to schedule a visit from one of our trained ant exterminators.

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