Find the anthill and hunt
the queen to free the garden
of the ants
The ant is a social insect that lives in a colony. It is a species that proliferates rapidly and can reach several thousand individuals (or more!) which can become very disturbing in a house or garden.
An anthill in a vegetable garden, orchard or flower garden is one of the main concerns of any gardener because these small insects attack plants, vegetables and fruits. They are voracious and destroy everything in their path.
To drive these harmful insects from your garden, it is not enough to kill a few ants but you have to go back to the nest, and find the Queen. It is an expert work in pest management…
The missions of the insect exterminator
This ant specialist first determines the invading species
- very destructive carpenter ant,
- Fire ant,
- ant of cobblestones and gardens
- pharaoh ants
- common worker ants
It then counts the number of ants and identifies the path or paths taken by them.
The expert will use products adapted and subject to Canadian regulations so as not to pollute your plants and respect biodiversity, that is to say other insects that are useful for your garden. (read: hunting ants without chemistry)
He will also be able to establish a diagnosis to know if other harmful insects have not taken up residence in your garden: aphid, Asian ladybug, caterpillar, slug …
Hantavirus, definition and mode of transmission
Hantavirus is a severe lung syndrome caused by a virus. It is secreted in the urine, feces and saliva of infected animals. Most often these are rodents. When humans come into direct or indirect contact with these secretions, the virus is transmitted to them. Ditto when they are bitten by infected rodents.
However, the virus is not transmitted from human to human, only from animal to human. This type of disease is called zoonoses because they can only be transmitted to humans through an animal. It has been found that domestic animals (apart from the domestic rat) and livestock cannot contract hantavirus so there is every reason to believe that only rodents can carry it.
Symptoms of hantavirus
Being a lung disease, one of the characteristic symptoms of hantavirus is difficulty breathing. At the beginning of the disease, the infected person begins to feel fever, chills, headache and muscle pain.
It is about two weeks after the appearance of the first symptoms that they are usually accompanied by a feeling of shortness of breath. Nevertheless, this last manifestation of the disease can be observed after two days as after six weeks; it depends on the organism of the individual.
Hantavirus can also lead to kidney disease or infection. And although they are rare and very few people are prone to them, there is currently no treatment to combat these ailments. It is therefore better to be careful not to contract them.
Destroying the Ant’s Nest: Finding the Queen
Only the queen can lay eggs. So the equation is simple: if you kill the queen you seriously destabilize the colony!
Be careful because there may be several colonies in a garden, so several queens. An experienced and competent insect exterminator will quickly diagnose the ancillary anthills which is not always easy because ants can take several paths.
Ants are also another problem for the gardener. These insects can breed aphids to harvest the juice they produce and bring it back to the colony. Aphids are pests that feed on the sap of your plants.
To eradicate the problem,we must attack the ants at the source: the nest. They are easy to spot because they follow each other at the tail leu-leu because of the pheromones left on the ground that attract their congeners.
Following a column of ants often helps to find the anthill and the queen. Professional exterminators are using fewer and fewer pesticides to preserve the environment and your vegetables. They mainly deal with the problem at the grassroots level and advise you on the right things to do or not to do such as:
- clean garden tables to avoid attracting ants that are fond of sweets and the like
- close garbage bags
- treat aphids that are a food source for ants
- clean the garden, do not leave decaying wood in your garden…
The products used by the professionals are boric acid which is not toxic to beneficial insects or birds or diatomaceous earth. On the other hand, precautions must be taken when using these products (mask, glove …). Baits can also be effective against ants and their proliferation.
Remember that ants are an important link in the food chain in the ecosystem. It is therefore necessary to exterminate or hunt only those who are on your land and really disturb your daily life.