How to Get Rid of Ants in the Home
You’ve just stepped into the kitchen to make a nice breakfast. You open the pantry, grab yourself some cereal, and place the box down onto the dining table. But just as you reach for a spoon in the kitchen drawer, you notice the trail of ants crawling across the countertop from the windowsill.
That’s not a great way to start the day, is it?
Unfortunately, ants are a major nuisance for families and trying to evict them from the property can leave you with a headache. That’s because the average home is the perfect habitat for ants – they have food, water, shelter and plenty of hiding spots to avoid being trampled.
“How do I get rid of ants in the home?” is a common question asked by families throughout Sydney. A licensed pest controller can provide fast relief from ants, but you can try the DIY approach first before calling the experts.
Study the Ants :
First, you need to know a few basics of ant behaviour.
Ants mostly travel in packs. But some travel alone to scout the area and leave behind a scented trail. Worker ants use this trail as a guide to explore, collect nearby food, and bring food back to feed the queen. The queen ant does not leave the nest, so any attempt to kill them is futile if the queen keeps the population going.
Instead, use the scented trail to your advantage and track down the nest.
Follow the trail until you reach an entry point that leads you either outdoors or to the nest itself. Most ant nests are outside in the form of ant hills, but some species can setup colonies underneath the subfloor, inside drainage pipes or behind cracks and crevices.
Lay Down the Bait :
Ant bait is one of the most discreet and effective ways to get rid of ants in the home. By placing the bait down where the ants travel, they will collect the bait and bring it back to the nest – eventually killing the queen and the colony itself.
Depending on the scale of the infestation – there could be multiple nests and queens in the one ecosystem – so it may take several days or weeks for the treatment to take effect.
Do not seal the entry points or kill ants you see in the open. For the treatment to work, the ants must be able to collect the bait and return to the nest safely.
Prevention Tips :
If the bait is effective, you should see a noticeable reduction in ant activity.
This does not mean the colony has disappeared entirely, but you may have a killed one or more queens and greatly reduced their numbers. From there, you can follow a number of preventative tips to stop the problem happening again:
- Keep the premise clean and free of exposed food sources
- Seal up any possible entry points (i.e gaps in the door or window, cracks, drainage pipes)
- Don’t let pet food sit out for too long, or place the dish into a water bowl to prevent unwanted access
- Keep rubbish stored in a closed bin or container
- Maintain the outdoor vegetation by trimming the lawn, removing weeds and using pest killer
Hire the Professionals :
Still need to get rid of ants in your Sydney home?
Critter Busters takes the guesswork out of ant control with a safe, non-toxic and lasting treatment plan. We can devise an affordable plan to suit your needs and provide ongoing support for relief all year long.
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