Ants are an incredibly adaptive species, and are capable of building their nests in a wide-range of settings. This makes them an especially frustrating household pest, because they can easily build their colony in a small crack in your home’s foundation or in the dirt near your house. They are most recognized for their ability to unite as a colony and remain organized, having a distinct division of labor, and collectively working as a unit to accomplish one goal.
Many homeowners have found that the easiest to get rid of ants is to attempt poisoning members of the colony in hopes that they will spread the toxins to other colony members. This is usually accomplished by setting up traps around the home in areas that see high amounts of ant traffic. Although this can be an effective way to get rid of ants, it rarely destroys the entire colony and ants usually return fairly quickly once the toxicants run out. If homeowners truly want to get rid of ants permanently, they should seek the services of a professional exterminator to identify the location and extent of the ant infestation and then use industrial strength substances to eliminate the entire colony.