How To Reduce Ants Around Your Home
Say goodbye to ants in your home
Ants are a common sight around many Australian homes. Constantly on the hunt for food, ants can quickly become a problem. Learn how to reduce ants around your home.
Types of ants
Some ants are venomous, some destructive and others can carry disease.
Bull ants, fire ants and green ants are known to deliver painful stings. Allergic reactions to these stings can prove to be fatal.
Carpenter ants can damage wooden structures, though not as badly as termites can. It is important to distinguish between a carpenter ant and a termite, as termites are not ants.
Black house ants are known as a nuisance. They enter homes in search of food and can contaminate areas like your kitchen.
Other types of ants like ghost ants can spread germs and cause diseases in humans.
Regardless of the type of ant, you do not want a major infestation around your home. They are destructive, unsightly and potentially dangerous.
1. Keep them away from any food
Knowing how to reduce ants around your home involves understanding what attracts ants to your home.
Ants are generally attracted to our homes because they are looking for food.
They will get into our cereal boxes, bread, fruit and more.
As such, keep as much food as possible sealed away in containers.
Avoid leaving crumbs or food scraps around the kitchen and regularly throw the rubbish out.
Taking this step makes your home far less attractive to ants, thus reducing their number.
2. Seal entry points
Ants are tiny and will enter your home through small cracks and openings.
As such, you should make sure to seal any cracks in walls, around windows and doors.
Furthermore, patch up any cracks in the foundation of your home.
By blocking these entry points, you are limiting the number of ways ants can invade your home.
3. Limit moisture
Ants need moisture to survive and grow their colonies.
Even the moisture from a damp rag is enough to sustain hundreds of ants.
Therefore, you should limit the amount of water around your home.
Ensuring there are no leaking gutters or taps is one way to stop ants from getting the water they need to survive.
4. Strong smells
Ants and other bugs are repelled by strong smells.
First, you should identify ant trails used by worker ants to move around.
You can leave small bowls of essential oils like lemon eucalyptus oil, cinnamon leaf essential oil or other essential oils near these trails.
This will kill and deter ants.
You can also use other products like vinegar and borax which will have the same effect.
5. Boiling water
A popular method of destroying an ant’s nests is through boiling water.
First, find an entry point to the nest in the ground.
After you’ve found the hole, boil a kettle of water.
Pour the boiling water into the opening. This will kill the ants and potentially collapse the nest.
However, if you do not kill the queen, the nest will survive.
As such, it may be necessary to pour multiple kettles of hot water into the nest.
6. Get regular pest control treatments
A general pest control treatment is a great way of keeping ants away for good. This treatment is recommended every 12 months. Treating spiders, cockroaches, silverfish, ants and wasps. We treat inside your house and outside, including the roof void, subfloor, garage, carport, shed and clothesline.