As pest and termite control professionals in Sydney, we often find an army of ants in Sydney residences at any time of the year.
Ants may be minuscule, but they are certainly not harmless creatures. Instead, they are a nuisance, a hazardous parasite that transmits bacteria in food and open wounds; not to mention the repercussions of bits from a red fire ant.
Before diving into the prevention and treatment for ants, like the top 6 natural DIY ways to keep ants at bay, let us learn more about what causes ant infestations.
3 Reasons Why Ants Invade Your Home
Although there is no particular season for ants to come in hordes, the spring and the summer season gets these little beasts on the run. Ants do not survive extreme temperatures but thrive in the tropical climate. It is, thus, justified that ants are hyperactive between spring, summer, and monsoon seasons. Therefore, ant prevention squads such as those at Termite Treatment Sydney tend to be more active during these seasons.
It is quite challenging to put your finger on a specific reason why ants choose to break into your homes. Here are some of the majorly identified causes of ant infestation:
Ants are always foraging for a source of food. They are mostly attracted to fats and sugary treats. They will even occupy certain places in your household for food.
Ants are known to have phenomenal olfactory receptors that help them in detecting the location of chemicals that make food and beverages sweet. Ants identify the location of their food source and set out in chains to carry the food source back into their den.
As they move towards the food source, ants leave behind a trail of pheromones that help them locate their way back to their den after they have collected the food. In this scenario, using pest prevention measures are useful and cost-effective as well.
Ergo, being mindful of the leftover food and beverages is essential. You need to make sure that you refrigerate the leftovers and clean the tables, flood, and counter so that there is no leftover food at all.
Don’t leave your trash lying around for a long time, either. Take out the trash and take out the ants along with it.
2. Moist Environment
Some species of ants prefer homing in damp and dark corners in the house, and not just the basement or attic. If you notice a colony of ants in the edge of the house that is moist, be sure to identify those species as moisture ants.
Keeping moisture ants away from your home is one of the best preventative measures. It may require you to seal every possible source of moisture in the house. The places you rarely check are usually where the ants will congregate. Make sure your home is dry and well lit. This also allows you to easily spot the ants.
Ants are social insects. They are on the hunt for a haven and shelter from the elements like rain, wind, and the harsh sunlight.
Having neighboring ant colonies around your home increases the chances of an infestation in your residence.
Ants manage to sneak into the smallest gaps in a structure. Check nooks and crannies and plug them up.
You must seal the cracks and crevices in your home. Your house should be welcoming for people, not ants. The best ant deterrent is to clean and tidy up your home regularly. This will remove potential safe havens as well as expose where the ants are hiding.
Unless you want an ant colony to form in your home, remember these three causes. Remove the ants from your home and your life. Wipe them out. All of them. Call Termite Treatment Sydney at (02) 8315 3205 if you require assistance.