Why Ants Keep Coming Back


Getting rid of the ants infesting your home can be a daunting task. It can seem like no matter what you do, the ants just keep coming back. Everyone needs some form of ant pest control to deal with these little home invaders. Let’s say you get rid of the ants one week, they almost always come back within a few weeks. How do we break that cycle and get rid of ants for good? This article will help you understand why you keep seeing ants and how pest control will help you get rid of them.

The Ant Colony: The Big Problem

The best way to understand why ants keep coming back is to recognize the root of the problem. This begins with the ant colony. An ant colony is a group of ants in a structured system with three different social standings, workers, drones, and the queen.

The queen of the ant colony never leaves the colony. Her main purpose is to lay eggs and repopulate the colony. Queen ants live much longer than the other ants in the colony, some living up to 30 years (depending on the species). Next we have drones. Drone ants are males whose only purpose is to mate with the queen. These ants are rarely seen outside of the colony and die as soon as they have fulfilled their purpose.

Finally, we have the workers. Workers are typically female and their function is to gather food and support the colony. These ants are never idle, always moving and working. When you see ants in your home, you are almost certainly seeing the worker ants. But now you know that where there are worker ants, there is always a colony hiding somewhere. The colony is commonly hidden in the wall voids of a house, often near pipes or where there is moisture.

In trying to kill the ants around their homes, people often use store bought pest control solutions that will kill the ants on contact. While this may seem like a quick and easy fix, the real issue lies much deeper. If you kill the ants as they appear, there is no way to reach the rest of the colony. This is why ants keep showing up. You can’t just kill the ants you see, we have to take down the whole colony. So how do we do that?

How to Get Rid of Ants

Insight Pest Solutions in the Pacific Northwest is a superior pest control service. We treat ants using a highly effective method involving lacing the workers with bait. The worker ants carry that bait back to the queen, they then die and take her down with them. The chemical bait is passed from ant to ant, allowing you to exterminate the colony from within. This is the most effective pest control available to kill the whole colony and ensure your home is ant free. Our pest control treatment is a quarterly service, meaning your home will be treated 4 times in the year. This makes sure that your home stays free of ants and other pests, from spiders to rodents, as long as we are taking care of you. Contact Insight Pest Control today for a free quote.

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