Ants in the Home


By Rick Orr 09/25/2020
Ants feeding on Bait
Ants feeding on ant bait. The worker will carry the bait back to the nest and kill the queen, destroying the colony. 


Finding a few ants in the house is no reason for concern, but when you see 1000’s form a conga line, time to call a professional. The ants have set up a complex system to move food from your kitchen to their nest.

Why a Conga Line of Ants

When ants form a continuous line, two wide, coming and going from your countertop and disappearing into a wall under a baseboard that is referred to as trailing. It is the method in which ants organize and send workers (called foragers) to gather food and bring back to the nest. Once this supply pipeline is established, the ants will be determined to keep it active. Killing off workers in a war of attrition does not work – they simply replace the workers and reestablish the conga line.

Kill the Source – The Nest

The only solution is to destroy the nest - the source of the workers and the demand for kitchen sweets. Once the nest is destroyed, the supply of workers is gone and demand for crumbs from your countertop dries up. Ant problem solved.

Ant Control is a Complex Problem with a Simple Solution

Destroying the nest requires a Sherlock Holmes intellect – keen observation, exact identification, paying attention to minute details, following the clues, and applying a targeted solution. The solution is often a dab of bait cleverly placed in an optimum location. The bait contains a delayed action active ingredient that doesn’t kill the worker. The worker lives to transport the bait back to the nest to kill the queen.

That is step one to controlling ants in the home.

Preventing Future Ant Infestations with a Perimeter Treatment

The second step of controlling the ants is preventing them from entering the house. Ants do not spawn in the house – they are outdoor pests that have found the into your home to be indoor pests. The solution for preventing ants from entering the home is applying an invisible barrier around your home. This is referred to as a perimeter spray. The perimeter spray contains an insecticide applied to the exterior of your home to deter ants and other pests from entering the home.

Rick Orr Owner-Operator APL Pest Control/Creator of ILOVETURF.COM
APL Pest Control

Rick Orr is the creator of, Owner/Operator of APL Pest Control, and a graduate of VA Tech in Agronomy (Turf Ecology).  

Since 1980, Rick worked in the green industry, mostly with golf courses, resorts, and large communities. Rick worked as a Golf Course Superintendent of Fripp Island Resort, agronomist for Seaside, FL, and the spray tech for Vinoy Golf Course. Rick has been certified as an arborist, landscape and irrigation contractor, and adjunct professor for Environmental Horticulture (SPC) in Pinellas County.  

Home Pest Control came naturally. Entomology (bug science) was part of agronomy studies. Nearly every indoor pest problem starts outdoors. Crossing over to home pest control from lawn spraying was a natural process – the technology, methods, and materials used for home pest control are modifications of the ones used for lawn spraying. 

The result of that work is one of the top-rated pest control companies in Pinellas County – APL Pest Control. APL Pest Control is a family-owned business serving residential and commercial properties in Pinellas County, FL. 

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