Good news! If you are starting to notice the ants at home are getting more, you could do your own ant prevention to reduce its population and infestation with these easy home tips! Well, many busy individuals never thought that taking some ant prevention steps could be this easy. You could now fit in these quick-to-use ant prevention tips into your busy schedule.
Ant Prevention Tip 1: Clean, Rinse, Wipe
Keeping the entire home clean is the fresh beginning to an ant-free home! Be diligent and do all your cleaning, rinsing and wiping. Clean up at wherever you just have had that packet of chips or the table where you were munching the biscuits for tea. A general rule of thumb- leave no crumbs behind!
If you have little kids and children in the house, turn on the eagle eyes to look out for any spills from that juice or milk bottle. Wipe all spills immediately. Don’t be lazy to wash the dishes clean carefully after a meal at home. Dirty dishes are one good way you could attract ants at home. Remember- do not procrastinate.
When you keep everything clean, there is no opportunity for stray ants to feed on the leftovers. And this is before they start inviting a whole trail of its ant colony into your house! If keeping a home clean, spic and span isn’t enough to deter ants from coming into your home, read on below to find out more tips…
Ant Prevention Tip 2: Don’t Leave Trash Overnight
Do you know what happens if you do not clear out your trash and leave them as it is, with the entire household lights out and going off to bed? Your bag of trash starts to give off a bad smell, and start attracting not only ants, and possibly all sorts of pests to come feed on it.
It is important to bag your trash tightly and clear them out from the home before you call it off for the night. This is because you may start inviting unwanted guests.
Ant Prevention Tip 3: Seal all Food in Air Tight Containers
Ants are tiny, really tiny. Their tiny body enables them to crawl through the tiniest of gaps and holes. Especially when they are in search of food, foraging ants could get into your food placed carelessly on the dining table, inside your bag or even crawl into your bedrooms.
Any flimsy plastic bags, loosely capped containers, or food packaging that are already opened, give ants a good chance to get inside and start feeding.
Keep out these ants which are always actively looking for food by storing all foods in air-tight containers. You are not only helping to keep your own food fresh, you could easily deter ants or other pests from touching your food. Organise your food in these air tight containers is also a good way to keep the place tidy clean, which makes wiping and cleaning much more easier.
Ant Prevention Tip 4: Seal all Cracks on the Walls
It is quite likely that ants come in from the outside. There are 4 ant species commonly found in the Singapore households and they are: Ghost’s ants, Pharaoh’s ants, Crazy ants and Carpenter ants.
Out of these, the Crazy ant species could enter your home from outdoors in search for food. Once they establish a steady food source in your home, you should try and start reducing entry for these outdoor ants to constantly come in to look for food.
Pest-proofing your home is one good way; seal all the gaps, cracks and crevices you could spot. The Pharaoh’s ants is another tricky ant species to deal with. This is because spraying insecticide on this species could possibly make the infestation worse!
Start learning more about Top 4 Ant Species in Singapore Homes here.
With these 4 ant prevention tips in place, you should see a good turnaround on the infestation at home. If the ant infestation gets out of hand, experts in ant control can get rid of ants faster, safer and professionally.
Seeking professional ants’ control help
Professional ant control is able to identify existing ant nests that are hiding away. This could have been missed out by most home owners. Pest control experts are able to advise accordingly on how to improve your existing home conditions such as defective pipes; which usually invite common house pests.