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.
Ants can also be controlled using physical control method. 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. 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 cannot survive there and such areas will be avoided by them when temperatures are increased.
Another way you can use to control ants is using the biological control method. 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. 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. Tiny worms that are parasites to ants and termites are the ones that are called nematodes. Fungi that make the ants fall sick can also be used when biological control method is chosen. Even though the biological method has not been recognized in the market well, it is the one that is mostly recommended.
The last method that is used to control ants is the chemical control method. It is the last because it should be applied when other control methods fail to work. The soil and also people can be poisoned when chemical control method is used, and that’s why it is not recommended. Toxic materials have to be used to treat the soils when chemical control method is used to control ants infestation. The ozone layer may also get damaged when chemical control method is used because it releases hazardous gases.