How To Prevent Ants From Getting Into Your Home
We all love the warmer weather, but it does bring some unwanted visitors with it, and ants are no exception. As temperatures rise, ants start building their nests and searching for food, and that means they won’t hesitate to enter your home.
In the UK, garden ants or black ants are the species you’ll more than likely come across. Though they aren’t renowned for carrying diseases like other pests, they might have crawled through faeces or rotting waste before they get to your home. You definitely don’t want them crawling over your kitchen surfaces or food!
You might think the odd ant here and there isn’t a problem, but those ants leave a chemical trail behind which other ants then follow in search for food. Those few ants can soon become an infestation because nests can house thousands of insects. So what can you do about it?
Here’s how to prevent ants from getting into your house.
How to prevent ants from getting into your house
There are two main ways that you can prevent ants from getting in. The first is to physically block their access and the second is to remove any possible food sources.
Seal of any cracks or holes where they could get in
Ants can crawl through tiny gaps, so make sure you seal cracks around windows and doors, and around the foundations of your home.
Keep your home clean
Ants enter your home for one reason: food. So it stands to reason that if you remove any potential sources of food, you’ll make your home less attractive to them.
• Don’t leave dirty dishes or leftover food lying around.
• Sweep and vacuum floors regularly to stop crumbs accumulating and attracting ants.
• Wipe surfaces clean and clean up spillages immediately. Ants are attracted to sweet and sticky substances.
• Store your food in sealed containers so ants and other pests can’t access them.
What if I already have an ant problem?
For the odd ant that’s causing a nuisance, we recommend Insectaclear C Insect Killer, our fast acting, professional strength spray for getting rid of insects. The spray is water-based so it won’t stain fabrics and it’s odourless too, so it’s completely safe to use around your home. However, when it comes to getting rid of ants, DIY treatment might not completely solve your problem. While it may kill the ants you can see, to eradicate an infestation, you have to treat the nest, otherwise the ants will keep coming.
The only way to guarantee the eradication of an ant infestation in your home is to call in professional pest control. We’ll eliminate the infestation, treat the nest, and recommend some measures you can take to stop them coming back.
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