Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHello, this is Damon Niquette and I want to welcome to the EVO Foam Pest Control podcast today. You know today I want to talk about ants and specifically you know what to do and what not to do if, unfortunately you you find ants inside your kitchen pantry or even your bathroom or of your home or business. You know, usually if you if you wake up in the morning or at nighttime, whatever it is, and you discover that you have an issue inside your kitchen, you see an A, A line of ants on your counter, say your kitchen countertop, by your stove. What have you, you know, what’s the first thing that most people do? Well, they reach underneath the sink, and they grab the first spray that they can find whether that’s you know, Windex or some type of you know, household cleaner, or unfortunately some folks are are grabbing over the counter pesticides like raid, and they spray that area. Well, you know, number one, it’s not good to be spraying a raid type product on your countertops or on your sinks. We have your cooking utensils, your food, your toothbrush laying there because that can contaminate that and that’s just unsafe. Okay. And what happens is when you spray ants with a product like that, see ants give off pheromones and they do it for multiple different reasons. They do it for establishing food trails they do for mating purposes. But the most importantly in this situation, what they what they’re doing it for, they give it they give it the alert the colony of danger. So with us, you spray some a line of ants lot of times you see Oh, well I got a bunch of dead and sound good job, I took care of it. Well, you don’t understand what’s going on behind the scenes, though. So what happens is the ones that don’t die, and they do make it back with that product, that colony, it’s gonna alert that colony of danger. And they’re going to do what we call budding, they’re going to break off in most cases for most species, and start a secondary colony, which can make the problem much worse and much more difficult to get rid of. So you know, alright Damien, you said, You know, I can’t spray this, I can’t do this, I can’t do that. What do I do, then, until I can get a pest control company out here to handle this for me? Well, best thing you can do is make sure everything’s sanitized. You know, don’t be spraying the cleaners directly on the hands. But keep the general area clean. Clean that area. Make sure you don’t have any food debris, any crumbs laying around, make sure you don’t have any dirty dishes in the sink, take your garbage, I’ll make sure you don’t have pet food on the on the ground. Make sure that stored in an airtight, you know sealed container, or move that food dish to an area to where you know, the ants aren’t, you know, aren’t active at that time to help try to prevent the possibility than finding it. If you find them coming out of, say, a joint like a crack in the grout area where the caulking and might be compromised, you might have a little bit of a hole there, you can caulk that you can seal that up with some tape, if they’re coming out of an outlet, you can actually put some tape around that to help prevent them from coming in until you know we’ll come there and take off the outlet covers and and you know, number one, identify that species because even for us pest pest control companies, it’s very important that we identify the species of ant that that you’re dealing with, because there’s multiple different types of species out there that we deal with, but also different products that we use, whether that’s a bait or our proper type of spray like a what we call a non repellency non repellents that we can spray, the ants won’t detect that it’s there, they’re going to get that product on them and it’s designed to enable them to get back to that colony before they die. To spread that product throughout the colonies, we get a colony elimination, now baiting, same thing, but the differences that they’re actually consuming that bait that digesting that and what they do is though, digest that bait, bring it back to the colony. And what we call a truffle laxus and truffle Ax is is basically regurgitating like a mother bird feeding a baby bird and they’re going to feed that that bait that they consumed to the colony are able to get a good colony elimination and additionally why it’s not good to spray anything on your own is because it can actually contaminate the area. So when you haven’t professional pest control company come in, it can actually contaminate our products. So moral of the story is, don’t be spraying anything. Try to use those little tips that I told you to kind of alleviate the problem until you can have that pest control company come in there, identify that species of Ant and then do a proper treatment to reduce that problem. You know much quicker and and then think about having a reoccurring pest service at your home. You want to prevent that from happening again. Best way to do that is having a occuring pest service on your home or business, so I would, I would encourage you to give us a call, you know we have an unmatched guarantee amongst our competitors. And that guarantee is this. If you hire us and at the end of 30 days you are not 100% happy with your results. We’ll come back and treat your home for free and will continue to come back and treat for free until you tell us that you’re happy. And if we can’t make you happy, which I doubt, but if we can, we will refund you every single penny that you spend with us on your initial service. That’s how confident we are in the work that we do for our customers. Give us a call today 512-588-2998 and again, I want to thank you for tuning into the EVO Foam Pest Control podcast today. I hope this helps and we look forward to hearing from you. Y’all have a great day.