Each of these species has different habits and identifying characteristics; they each infest homes in different ways and need to be treated differently.The best way to find the nests. This is often easier said than done. Ants follow distinct scent trails between the satellite colonies and the parent nest. Carpenter ants also rely on scent trails to recruit their nestmates to food. With patience and a little effort, homeowners can use this trailing behavior displayed by carpenter ants to locate the nests.
When ants are observed, don't spray them; instead, feed the ants small dabs of diluted honey placed onto the back (non-sticky side) of pieces of masking tape. The best time to do this is late at night since this is when ants are most active. After the ants have fed on the honey, follow them on their journey back to their nest. Be patient-- eventually the ants will disappear behind a baseboard, cabinet, or into some other concealed location such as the hollow space (void) within a wall, door casing, or porch column.
Ants can make a nuisance of themselves because they can nest both indoors and outdoors and the nest or entry points can be hard to find. If the ants are indoors, finding the entrance points will be extremely helpful To us, the ant control process as we will be able to seal them off to help prevent future ant infestations. Locating the nest outdoors can allow us to directly treat the nest for faster elimination.
If you are only finding a couple of ants here and there, you can do the honey and peanut butter test to help attract the ants to one spot so you can see where the trail of ants comes from and also to help detect what type of ant bait would work best in your ant treatment program.
Place a jar lid or saucer near the area where you have noticed some ant activity
Place a 1/2 teaspoon of honey on one end of the lid or saucer and 1/2 teaspoon of peanut butter on the other end.
Leave the honey and peanut butter in place until the ants start trailing
Ants tend to be more nocturnal, so we recommend using your flashlight to follow the trail back to the nesting area or the area they are using to gain entrance into your structure in the late evening
At this point when your techntion arrives you can tell them they are coming in from "Here"!
There is no standard way to treat all ants; successful ant treatment programs will vary depending on the type of ant and the location of the infestation (whether indoor or outdoor). You ought to be wary of commercially sold ant traps that claim to be able to treat any ant problem universally. While ant traps and bait stations may be used in many situations (such as with slab ants), they are seldom enough to take care of a serious infestation alone.
We use of a variety of methods, including habitat modification, perimeter pesticide applications, locating and removing the nest, ant baits and structural modifications, as the situation may warrant. Dealing with ants can sometimes be simple; other times it can be a very intricate and time-consuming process (as in the case of large carpenter ant and pharaoh ant infestations, for example). One thing is certain: if you suspect you have an ant problem in your home, it is always good to get it checked out earlier rather than later, as ant infestations only grow worse with time.