Controlling of ants is done using four methods. These methods are cultural, physical, biological and chemical control method. Cultural ants control methods are those things that we do and also how we do them. 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. Not everyone will prefer to live that way even if ants can be controlled using cultural methods.
You can also control ants by using physical control methods. To prevent ants from reaching food materials you should remove them because it is one way of controlling them using physical control method. Foods that ants feed on are like rotten timber, cotton, 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. Slabs are the ones that are mostly used to create these barriers. Use of heat, and cold materials will also be involved when physical control method is being used. 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.
The biological control method is another way you can use to control ants. Biological control method is not the best way to control pests although sometimes it has an impact. In biological control method, ants are fed by their enemies or ant eaters. Termites and birds are the natural enemies of ants that feed on them. You can also control ant’s infestation in your home by using nematodes. 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 should be applied when other control methods fail to work, and that’s why it is the last. Chemical control method is not recommended because it may poison the soil or even people. When this method is used to control ants, the soil has to be treated with toxic substances. Chemical control method may release dangerous gases that may damage the ozone layer.