Have you ever injured yourself? What was the first thing you did? You treated the wound the best way you knew how. Right? Most wounds we suffer in life can be dealt with using hot water, some anti-bacterial cream, and a Band-Aid. But every once in a while something really bad happens. What do you do then? Well, your first reaction is still the same. You treat the wound the best way you know how. You clean it and try to stop the bleeding. But it's going to require something more--something only a trained professional can handle, especially if there is damage inside your body where you can't see it. If more people approached pest control with this methodology, there would be fewer homes with terminal pest issues.
It is always important to do what you can do first. If you have ants getting into your kitchen, do what you can to stop them. It usually consists of the following:
Finding the food source, the ants are making a line to, and disposing of it.
Finding where the ant trail is coming from and use a caulking gun to seal up the entry point.
Spray where the ants made their trail to the food, to erase the trail pheromones. This is sort of the scent-bread-crumbs ants leave behind to lead other ants to a food source that needs gathering.
Seal pantry items in plastic containers and seal any wall holes where ants are getting in.
Put pet food down only during mealtime.
Don't leave fruit out.
Keep counters, floors and rugs clean.
Do an inspection of your exterior foundation walls and seal any cracks or gaps you see.
If you do these things, you may be able to stop those ants from getting into your kitchen and pantry, but this will not fix the wound. There is a good chance that you have ants inside your wall voids. If those ants are carpenter ants, they are most certainly doing damage. This kind of pest issue requires a professional--someone trained to eradicate ant colonies inside your walls where you are unable to see them.
Don't choose any old doctor.
If you hurt yourself and your wound included a damaged kidney, you'd want a doctor trained in fixing kidneys, right? If your wound included trauma to your brain, you'd want a doctor trained in brain surgery. If given the time to choose a doctor, wouldn't you check their track record and choose the right one for the job? Do the same when choosing a pest control company to fix your ant problem. Look at their credentials. Check their track record. Make sure they have technicians who are trained to handle an ant problem. McCall Service, which services Florida and Georgia, is a great example. They have over 80 years of experience, on-staff entomologists, and QualityPro Certified pest professionals.