Most ants come into your kitchen to look for food. They are attracted to anything that is sweet and sticky, which is why you will normally find ants in kitchen cupboards or areas where food is kept.
If you are worried that you might be at risk from an ant infestation, you can put in place some proactive ant deterrent measures.
Eliminate food sources - store dry foods in tightly sealed containers or in sealed plastic bags and do not leave food sitting out in open space.
Clear all waste food and spillage - clean up food debris from food preparation areas, under sinks and appliances. Sweep food crumbs from your kitchen appliances and units immediately
Proper disposal - throw your rubbish in a tightly sealed bag and make sure all rubbish bins have tightly sealed bins. Empty the rubbish on a daily basis and keep all waste in covered bins.
Seal entry points - block off all cracks and crevices around your doors and window frames.
Proper maintenance - block off all cracks and crevices around your doors and window frames.
If you have a pet - clear away any food that isn’t eaten straight away.
Although these tips can help to minimise your risk for ants infestation, they do not guarantee the complete removal of your ant problems. An effective control requires a professional ant control service to manage the infestation and minimise recurrence.
FACT: Once an ant has discovered a food source it leaves a pheromone trail. This chemical helps other ants from the colony to find the food too!
Depending on the sort of ant infestation that you have in your home, you may wish to try the following home remedies to help control the ant infestation prior to calling us:
Ants have a strong sense of smell which can affect their behaviour and the way they interact with each other. So, you could mix baking soda with sugar as an attractant and lay it near the ant’s nests in your home. Usually, the ants die after consuming this and all you then need to do is run the vacuum cleaner to get rid of the remains!
Ants do not have an affinity for copper. So, you could empty your piggy banks or coin purses and just leave some copper coins near the ants’ nests to deter them from spreading.
Be sure to look for any cracks and crevices on windows, doors and walls in your home and block these using adhesive barriers, or even chalk, to prevent ants from entering and building nests.
If the ant nest is small, you could physically remove the ants nest from your premises by placing a container filled with some wool or straw on the nest and then tipping the container now filled with the nest in a wide space, such as your garden or a grass area.
Rentokil offers professional ant control to protect your home and business premises from this unwanted neighbour. Not only will our friendly technicians carry out the service to eliminate the ants safely and correctly for you, they will also share best practices to keep your home safe from these pests based on your current property condition.
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