The ant is a social insect that lives in a colony. It is a fast-growing species that 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 pests out of your garden, it’s not enough to kill a few ants, but you have to go back to the nest and find the Queen. It’s anexpert workin parasitic 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, i.e. other insects that are useful for your garden. (read: hunting ants without chemistry)
He can also make a diagnosis to find out if other pests have not taken up residence in your garden: aphid, Asian ladybug, caterpillar, slug…
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 ancillary anthills, which is not always easy because ants can take several paths.
Ants are also another problem for the gardener. These insects can raise 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 less and less 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 who are fond of candy and other
- close garbage bags
- treat aphids that are a food source for ants
- Clean the garden, don’t leave rotting wood in your garden…
The products used by the professional are boric acid which is not toxic to useful insects or birds or even diatom soil. On the other hand, precautions must be taken when using these products (mask, glove, etc.). Baits can also be effective against ants and their proliferation.
Keep in mind that ants are an important part of the food chain in the ecosystem. It is therefore necessary to exterminate or hunt only those that are on your land and really disturb your daily life.