Ants are controlled in 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 example, houses that are raised above the ground are the ones we should live in. More to that, you should live in an area that does not allow ants infestation when you choose to use the cultural method to control ants. Some people even raise animals that feed on ants because it is an example of cultural ants control method. Living that way might be a burden to many people because not everyone will be able to control ants 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. 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. The ground and the fibrous materials are separated because a barrier is placed between them. Slabs are the ones that are mostly used to create these 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. 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. You can also control ant’s infestation in your home by using nematodes. Nematodes are tiny worms that are parasites to ants. Fungi that make the ants fall sick can also be used when biological control method is chosen. 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. 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.