Seeing the odd swarm of ants is often not a major concern. However, if you find ants in your home or business on a frequent basis, you could have a larger infestation.
It’s important that you deal with an ant infestation as soon as possible. Not only are ants a nuisance, but they can negatively impact the reputation of your business and how people perceive your home.
Fortunately for you, there are many ways to spot the signs of an ant infestation, before the problem escalates. Here’s just a few.
Common signs of an ant infestation
Not all live ants who enter your property are part of a larger infestation. They might be travelling between properties or a small, isolated group looking for shelter. This is no cause for concern.
However, if you start to notice ants on a frequent basis, and in one or more sections of the property, they might be sticking around for a reason. The ants could be in the process of starting a nest, searching for food, water, and shelter to set up for the long term. Depending on where you see the ants, their nest could either be inside or outside the property too.
Live ants are most commonly found in the:
- Kitchen – food preparation areas, cabinets, pantries, and appliances.
- Wet areas – laundry, bathroom, and under the sink.
- Surfaces – countertops, dining tables, coffee tables, and TV units.
- Cracks and crevices – window frames, underneath doors, and cracks in the wall.
You may discover a trail of ants inside or outside your home. These trails serve as a link between the nest and source of food or water. You may find the trails lead to possible entry points around the home (i.e. cracks, crevices, window frames, door frames). Some ants lay down a pheromone on their trail designed to guide ants to the location of food. Eliminating these trails can help disorient the ants and keep them away from your property. Although success is not guaranteed.
Ant nests look like piles of dirt with holes in the centre. You might see them in-between cracks on the pathway, grass, around the property, walls, and general out-of-reach places. Covering the holes can help disrupt the ants. But they will eventually dig another tunnel to enter and leave the nest.
How to deal with an ant infestation
DIY products like ant bait, dust, and surface sprays may help get rid of some live ants. But the success of these products is not guaranteed.
Only a licensed pest controller can identify the source of the problem, develop a custom treatment plan, and monitor its progress until the infestation is gone for good.
How? Well, licensed pest experts have a deep understanding of ant behaviour – including their life cycle, favourite nest locations, and weaknesses. Their expert knowledge and techniques means you will get a treatment plan that suits your needs.
Secondly, by using the latest ant control solutions, they can resolve the issue quickly and effectively, with no fuss to your day or any risk of health hazards. All products are eco-friendly and safe.
Finally, their helpful expert advice will help you avoid a second infestation, giving you total peace of mind.
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