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Many home owners are concerned when an ant colony in the house gets out of control. Frustrations come in when you find ants in your food almost too quickly the moment after you placed the food down on a table!
For residential, you can now quickly identify the ant species crawling in your home with this easy-to-read Top 4 Ant Species in Singapore Homes.
To know more in-depth about ants’ life cycle and their detailed habits, read more below for the 6 different types of ants which can be commonly found in Singapore.
To get rid of ants in your house, you can buy over-the-counter ant repellents in gel, spray, or chalk form. These solutions often contain some active ingredients in them that help eliminate ants to some extent. However, these formulas are not to be used for widespread ant infestations or a long term solution basis. If you suspect that you have an ant infestation, give your local pest control services a call.
Ants have workers who forage out for food and supplies outside of the nest, they also have carpenters that builds the 'tunnel' system from within the nest, and the queens are the ones who develops new carpenters and workers to keep the colony alive. Regardless of characteristics, ants are very attracted to abundant food and moisture so make sure that any food and drinks are stored away in air tight containers or are in the fridge. Your trash should be disposed of properly, leaving no crumbs on spills that may attract ants into your home.
To get rid of ants permanently, it requires both your housekeeping and proofing efforts together with the help of a local pest control service to give an initial assessment as to what type of treatment and solution to use for your ant problem.
The most common types of ants that will start a colony in your home are sugar ants, pharaoh's ants, crazy ants and carpenter ants. They are commonly found in homes where there is supply of water, sweet and sugar items and wooden furniture such as kitchen, bathroom, living room and dining hall.
A simple solution of 50% white vinegar and 50% water applied on your walls and surfaces can derail ants by musking the pheromone track that ants often leave to lead others to the food source or to their shelter. To get rid of ants permanently, you should engage regular pest control service from your local pest solution provider while maintaining your home sanitation standard and minimising ants' entry into your home.
Ants are attracted to food with even the faintest of smells, but sweets and sugar attract these pests the most. That means smells from sugary foods, such as chocolate, peanut butter, doughnuts, and many more, are highly attractive to ants.