Avoid ants visiting and taking over your home

Is it just our imagination or are ant problems getting worse? They love a long, hot summer so here are some handy tips to stop them from turning your home into a luxury ant resort.

January 19, 2023

Ants are highly developed social insects who live together in large colonies – so you can be sure that even if you only see one or two – there will be many, many more lurking!  

What you can do:

  • It’s important to keep your home free of food scraps as much as possible. Use sealed, air-tight containers to store people food and pet food.
  • Put any pet food bowls into another shallow container of water to create a ‘moat’ that the ants won’t cross.
  • Make sure all surfaces are clean and free of crumbs. Wipe/sweep up spills as soon as possible and clean in and around appliances and rubbish bins.
  • Mix a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar in a spray bottle to wipe down counters, workbenches, and other surfaces - ants don’t like the vinegar smell.
  • Seal any obvious gaps around doors and windows to make it harder for the ants to get inside your home.  
  • Make sure there is no left-over food or dirty dishes lying around or the ants will think it’s party time!
  • And if they just won’t budge, call your local pest control expert who will know exactly which type of ants you have and how to get rid of them.

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