Ant Invasion: How to Safeguard Your Home from Ants During the Summer Months
We all love the warmer weather, but the downside is that it can bring some unwanted houseguests; ants. Here’s how to safeguard your home from ants during the summer months.
Why do ants come into my house?
Like many pests, ants are usually on the lookout for two things; food and water.
When it comes to food, the summer months are foraging time when ants leave the nest to look for some tasty treats. Ants love anything sweet so they’ll be particularly attracted to sticky spillages on worktops and biscuit crumbs on floors. Once ants have found a food source, they leave a pheromone trail behind them which in turn attracts more ants.
Water is another big attraction for ants, so pet water bowls or leaking pipes will encourage them in droves.
How to stop ants from coming into your house this summer
To safeguard your home from ants during the summer months, follow these steps:
Get rid of any potential nesting sites
To stop ants breeding close to your home, remove any overgrown shrubs or garden debris like old piles of wood they could nest in.
Eliminate water sources
Repair any leaky pipes and get rid of any standing water. Keep pet water bowls away from your doors as once they’ve had a drink, ants might just head straight into your home.
Get rid of any food sources
This is the biggie. Make sure your keep your kitchen tidy to make your home less attractive to ants. Keep worktops clean and clean up any spillages and crumbs as soon as possible. Keep foods in sealed containers, especially sweet foods like jams, honey, cakes, or biscuits.
Make sure there are no rotting bits of fruit in your fruit bowl and speaking of rotting stuff, make sure you empty your kitchen bin regularly. Keep your bin lid securely closed to keep ants and other pests out.
Seal up access points
Inspect the outside of your home to see where ants get in. Trim back any shrubs or trees that might give ants easy access to your property. Seal up any cracks in walls, doors, or windows with caulk, as well as any gaps around pipes. Remember that ants can get through the tiniest of gaps.
Overrun with ants?
Once ant infestations are established, they can be hard to get rid of. There comes a point when ant sprays and powders aren’t enough, because the key to getting rid of an infestation is treating the nest.
Contego’s expert technicians will safeguard your home from ants this summer by using their know how and professional grade products to deal with the problem fast and effectively.
Don’t be overrun with creepy crawlies this summer, reclaim your peace of mind.
Call in the professionals.