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If you are worried that you might be at risk from an ant infestation, you can put in place some proactive ant deterrent measures. The list below will help you minimise the risk of ant infestation in your home or business premises.
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. To keep ants away, you must remember to:
Clear up - food and liquid spillages immediately.
Sweep up - any food crumbs from under your kitchen appliances and units.
Store your food - in airtight containers wherever possible.
If you have a pet - clear away any food that isn’t eaten straight away.
Exclusion - the entry points for ants by sealing all cracks and crevices around your doors and window frames.
In the garden - keep your compost enclosed and make sure all rubbish bins have tightly sealed lids.
Cover all food - you don’t know where ants have been walking before they march across your food.
Most would think ants are harmless given their body size and less visibility or threat compared to other pests such as mosquitoes and rats. In addition, because of some body shape and outlook similarities, both ants and termites are often mistaken, and the term white ants play a part in pest species confusion. Finally, ants do spread diseases through contamination causing symptoms including vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach cramps. It is important not to delay in seeking professional ants treatment as ants colony can build up causing a heavy ant infestation.
Ants control solution includes the necessary initial home inspection where pest control specialist will check the home for ants’ activities, identify the right pest type and critical key risk areas. A site risk assessment is necessary to factor in environment and premise risk conditions. Ants treatment are usually done monthly (unless for serious infestation or sensitive environment) where regular frequencies are introduced. In addition, the common modes of application are through residual spray with carefully dosed active ingredient and dilution rate, gel and bait application. Finally, regular monitoring of the infestation and home condition to ensure infestation is under control.