Good news! The winter months are finally over in the northern hemisphere, which means spring is finally here! Itâ€™s time to put those big winter coats away and start preparing for warmer temperatures and outdoor living
However, although the weather is starting to change for the better, common springtime pests will soon start to be more present too.
Well, we recently took to Twitter to find out which springtime pests people dread the most, and it turns out that Ants are the number 1 nuisance during these months (followed closely by cockroaches).
â€” Pest Control (@Rentokil) February 14, 2017
To deal with these crawling insects during the Spring, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you some prevention tips to help keep your home and garden ant free.
How to prevent ants in your home and garden
Ants can be a big nuisance for any home and garden lover. Follow the list below to find 9 prevention tips to help keep your property an ant-free zone.
1. Keep clean
One of our entomologists once said to me â€œa mop and bucket is the best type of pest controlâ€, and this can certainly work wonders for ant control.
These crawling insects are attracted to anything thatâ€™s sweet and sticky. To help prevent ants, itâ€™s best to clean up any and all food and liquid spillages immediately.
Ensure that worksurfaces, kitchen cupboards and fridges are wiped clean on a regular basis to help make your home seem less attractive to ants.
2. Sweep up
In a way, food crumbs can act like a giant magnet for ants. Itâ€™s one of the main attractions for ants to invade our homes during the spring and summer months.
Sweep up all food crumbs from floors, work surfaces as well as indoor and outdoor furniture.
3. Food storage
Remember those scenes from cartoons when the delicious smell of food would lift characters off the ground and guide them to the source? Well, left out food has the same effect on ants (minus the comedic effect).
Like with both cockroaches and rodents, storing food in airtight containers whenever possible will help prevent ants in your home.
This is because airtight containers help keep any luring aromas inside the container to stop any scent trail enticing nearby ants to your home.
4. Clear up pet food
I know it might sound disgusting to you and me, but uneaten pet food can be quite attractive to ants.
Clearing up any pet food, which isnâ€™t eaten straight away, and storing food in the correct containers will help prevent these crawling insects from entering your home.
5. Rubbish bins
Rubbish bins, both inside and outside, provide ants with endless opportunities for food.
To ensure this 5-star dining experience is closed for good ensure all bins are emptied on a regular basis and have a tightly fitted lid kept shut at all times.
Itâ€™s also a good idea to keep garden mulch and compost heaps enclosed to prevent ants in your garden.
6. Seal entry points
Due to their small size, ants can fit through the tiniest of holes to find a way into your home or business.
To prevent ants, you should block all entry points, paying particular attention to cracks and crevices around air vents, windows, and doors. The same can be said for greenhouses and sheds to help prevent an ant infestation.
7. Keep windows shut
During the summer months, flying ant season begins. This is when sexually mature winged ants leave the nest to mate and start new colonies.
During this period, particularly if you live in an area which has a high number of carpenter ants, itâ€™s a good idea to keep windows and doors shut. This will help stop ants swarming in your home and reduce the risk of them setting up camp in your humble abode.
8. Clear up debris
Debris in your gardens such as leaves, fruit and vegetables can provide ants in your garden with an endless supply of food to choose from.
Ensuring that you clean your garden on a regular basis and dispose of any debris lying around will help prevent ants from taking over your backyard.
DIY ant control
All though there is a range of DIY ant control solutions available, the majority of them have little to no effect on exterminating ants in your home and garden.
If you are looking for some assistance in controlling ants in both your home and business, get in contact with the experts at Rentokil today.