Ants are controlled in four methods. These methods are cultural, physical, biological and chemical control method. How we do things, and also the things we do are the ones that ants are controlled with when the cultural method is used. 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. Animals that feed on ants should also be raised by people because it is also a way of controlling ants using cultural method. Even if ants can be controlled using cultural methods, not everyone will prefer to live that way.
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. A barrier is set by those people who use this ant control method. Such barriers are placed between the ground and the fibrous materials. Use of slabs is the one that most people use when they are creating barriers. You will have to use heat and cold materials when you choose physical control method to control ants infestation. The area that the ants have infested should have temperatures of up to forty five degrees to remove ants. Ants will avoid such regions with high temperature because they cannot survive there.
Ants can also be controlled using another way called biological control method. Biological control method is not the best way to control pests although sometimes it has an impact. You release ants’ enemies to feed on them when you choose to use biological ant control method. Termites and birds are the natural enemies of ants that feed on them. Nematodes are also used by some people to control infestation of ants in their homes. Tiny worms that are parasites to ants and termites are the ones that are called nematodes. When biological control method is used to control ants, you can make them fall ill by using certain fungi that affect them. Even though the biological method has not been recognized in the market well, it is the one that is mostly recommended.
You can control ants using chemical control method which is also the last control method. It should be applied when other control methods fail to work, and that’s why it is the last. It is not recommendable to use those ant control methods because it may affect the soil or other people. The soils have to be treated with toxic substances when this method is used to control ants. The ozone layer may also get damaged when chemical control method is used because it releases hazardous gases.