Did you know? Singapore has giant ants! While there are over 230 species of ants in Singapore, only 10 or fewer species of ants are considered as pest ants. With so many species of ants or even more that are left undiscovered, you would only have to worry yourself with some of these pest ant species at home.
If there is an ant infestation in your home, you would have seen these ants crawling in a line and in a very specific path from start to end. This is because ants release a chemical called Pheromone which leaves behind a scent trial for its own colony to follow, especially when worker ants are out and about in search of food and water. It is definitely worrying to see ants crawling in a line.
What can I use to get rid of ants crawling in a line? Here are 3 common household items you can try with at home:
1. Vinegar - Vinegar, a popular choice among households for many life hacks! Mix 7 portions of vinegar with 3 portion water and brush the solution along ant trails. This helps to deter the ants and disrupt them from travelling on the trail.
2. Chalk - Chalk has long time been associated with getting rid of ants. However chalk does not kill ants and serve only as deterrence. In fact anything could be a possible deterrence that you can use to get rid of ants crawling in a line. Simply because the scents are removed and the ants could no longer follow. Read more on Pest myth: Can chalk get rid of ants?
3. Lemon - Squeezing lemon juice into cracks and crevices which ants are coming in through and out would certainly cause hell to break loose for these ants as they hate the lemon smell.
While DIY method on getting rid of ants may temporarily help to disrupt an ant trail, they serve only as deterrence and do not eliminate them. A professional pest control specialist helps to identify key risk areas in your home and recommend control solution to protect your family’s health and safety. Call (65) 6347 8138 for an ants control treatment programme.
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