Ants can be beneficial in the garden.
As they burrow deep in the soil, they can help in aerating the soil, allowing it to redistribute invaluable nutrients. Apart from that, these beneficial insects aid in the fertilization of the soil by scavenging dead animals.
Ants also act as your first line of defense against other creatures that eat or harm your garden plants. Some species even feed on harmful insects. But for some property owners, the presence of ants on a lawn outweighs the benefits these insects offer.
One reason behind that is that ants create ant hills which can prove to be unsightly. Imagine putting in hours of work mowing, fertilizing, and irrigating your lawn, only to be thwarted by these tiny insects.
If you have an ant infestation on your lawn, the first question that will probably pop up in your mind is: “How do I get rid of ant colonies in my yard?”
The answer to that question is not that easy. In order to better understand why it is difficult to get rid of an ant hill, it is imperative to understand its anatomy.
Contrary to what many people believe, ants do not actually inhabit ant hills. These insects actually live beneath the soil in a complex system of chambers connected by tunnels. The ant hill is built as a result of the ants displacing soil particles as they create their chambers and tunnels underground.
On to the question of removing ant hills. The most important thing that you need to know about this issue is that an ant hill is just a symptom of a larger problem. Sure, you can get rid of every ant hill that crops up on your lawn. But it is highly likely that you will soon see another one crop up.
The answer is simple. You haven’t eliminated the root of the problem, which is the ant colony itself.
Now, in order to get rid of an ant colony, it is essential to destroy its queen. As long as the queen survives, the ant colony will thrive and continue to pose problems for you. But in order to do that effectively, you need to know which ant species you are dealing with.
Some property owners may find a measure of success with DIY methods, but in most cases, you may need to enlist the help of a Modesto pest control company.