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4 quick tips on ants control

Everyone has before their personal battles against ants at home. Frustrations build around seeing long lines of ants marching along or even with those scattered ants scavenging around. In worse cases, there can be an outbreak of uncontrollable ant infestation!

Here is a collection of 5 common questions around ants.

You are focusing on indoor ants, but neglecting outdoor ants

It’s essential to figure out which type of ants has infested your home. For most of us, we are familiar and aware of ants attacking indoors, especially around food sources in the dining room and kitchen, called the sugar ants.

Did you know? There are outdoor ants such as the black, long-legged crazy ants found near the flowerpots and the large carpenter ants that nest amongst trees and woods. They could also enter your homes through cracks, crevices, and window and door openings. Therefore, besides ensuring ants control internally, you need to cover the exterior of your home as well.

Read also: Is That Flying Termites or Ants in Your Home?

You are treating ant species using the wrong treatments

It is always confusing between ants and termites where shape, habits and nesting looks similar. Because we don’t completely understand the biology facts behind, we can make wrong assumptions easily and engage the wrong treatment for the pests assumed at home. For instance, you can be treating carpenter ants with termite solution or mistaking an ant infestation for a subterranean termite infestation.

You can search the Internet for tips and apply some short-term ants control solutions, but you may run into the risk of making things worse or the most enjoy the short term benefit in removing ants, and only to find them returning very soon.

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Your activities worsened the ants problem

Ants control is just like our health, where our actions and activities to our lifestyle we engage in has an impact. In ants control, diligent sanitation and housekeeping at home plays an important role.

How often are we guilty in munching in the living room or snacking on our bed with TV entertainment? Have you forgotten about your trash disposal or doing the dishes before you get comfortable settling in your home? We tend to offer ants sumptuous buffet such as biscuits, cakes, cereals, fruits, honey, jam and even flavored drinks!


You may have just resolved only the visible problem

Our initial reaction seeing crawling or climbing ants is to physically remove them by spraying chemical or applying hot water on them. For some, pressing on the ants was another elimination option. However, such contact kills only eradicate the existing problem but missing out on their actual hideouts.

For an even quicker ants control solution, call Rentokil the Pest Control Experts at +6563478138 to speak directly with us.

Resolve your ants’ problem with professional pest control

Ants may not pose as fatal and damaging risks compared to other pests such as mosquitoes and termites where they transmit diseases including the dengue fever or cause a structural weakening. However, they can cause food contamination with the bacteria they carry and may cause ant bites where some instances, pest bites can be painful and stinging. As they are tiny and hide well in corners and among crevices, eliminating ants’ population may not sound as easy. Professional pest control services detect the presence of pests, identify pest species, recommend and treat the infestation and monitor the condition for your home.

Frequently Asked Questions on Ants

Why is my home infested with ants?

Like most animals, ants are always in search of a reliable source of food, water and shelter. If you happen to leave food crumbs and water spills lying around, they are very likely to attract ants. Moreover, their small size allows them to slip through cracks and build a nest in the walls. As such, proper sanitation and caulking small cracks in walls can reduce the chances of an ant infestation from happening. Home remedies alone are not enough to get rid of an ant infestation. As such, professional pest control companies in Singapore are equipped to offer solutions that can effectively get rid of ants.

How do I differentiate between ants and termites?

Here are 3 key differences between ants and termites:

  • Ants have 3 distinct body parts while termites' bodies are more uniform
  • Flying termites have 4 wings that are similar in size while flying ants have front wings that are bigger than the back wings
  • Termite antenna are completely straight while ants' antenna are bent and 'elbow'-shaped.

What are some home remedies to get rid of ants?

Some popular home remedies include:

  • Wiping down areas where you spotted ants with white vinegar and water solution.
  • Sprinkling some essential oils such as peppermint, citrus, and eucalyptus on problem areas
  • Drawling lines and barriers with chalk to derail and confuse ants, thus navigating them away

Ants often do not like such strong-smelling ingredients as they can mask the smell of their scent trails. However, these are only short-term measures and different ant species may have different reactions. Subsequently, if you suspect that you are at risk of an ant infestation, contacting a pest control service in Singapore can help to identify the right species and eradicate the problem effectively. Delaying treatments can worsen the infestation level by increasing its population while spreading to other parts rapidly.

Is chalk effective in eliminating ants?

No. Drawing a line of chalk where ants are likely to visit will only temporarily confuse ants by disrupting their scent trails instead of eliminating them. Ants may also shift their nesting location to other parts of the home thus increasing the size of the infestation. If you notice a line or colony of ants appearing in your home, engage a professional pest control service with effective pest treatments and regular inspection of the premise.

What is carpenter ant and do they feed on sugar?

Carpenter ants are one of the most common ant species found in homes. Most of them are blackish in colour with some of them being red. Measuring up to 1/2 inch, they are easily distinguishable from other ant species due to their relatively large size. As they are attracted to sweet substances, they do feed on sugar when they find it. However, they are often mistaken for termites because of their tunnelling activities on wooden furniture and might be seen feeding on wood instead.

Where can I find more ants lurking around in a home?

One of the most common places would be the kitchen as it has ample supply of food. Other areas include:

  • Cracks in the walls and floors because they are one of the access points into buildings for ants
  • Ants can be found in the bathrooms and balcony seeking out water sources and moisture
  • Any food crumbs lying about and food left in the open are bound to attract ants after a while
  • Along surfaces (including appliances, kitchen and table tops) where grease and residues are found

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