How to Keep Ants Away?
This Article will help you to keep ants away by providing you with key information about ants, how to prevent ants and how to get rid of ants.
Where are ants found?
Everywhere: Ants have successfully managed to thrive in most parts of the world and in various habits due to their co-operation in their colonies.
Ants make their headquarters usually in warm, damp locations which is why they can be found to be nesting in-between walls, under floors or near heating systems. Outside they tend to nest in soil, under buildings, by pavements or by plants.
What do ants eat?
Anything edible: Ants manage to survive successfully as they are not that fussed about what they eat, as long as they recognise it as being edible. They particularly enjoy eating fruits, nuts, seeds, anything sweet and other insects.
Are ants dangerous?
Some ants are able to bite or sting and this can cause irritation and in some extreme cases potentially death. But most ants are harmless to humans.
Why are ants a pest?
Ants can be seen as a pest as can ruin building structures, gardens, crops and raid food storages. The size and structure of ant colonies make it difficult to be able to successfully exterminate the problem of having them.
Ants classified to be pests are: pavement ant, yellow crazy ant, sugar ants, the Pharaoh ant, carpenter ants, Argentine ant, odorous house ants, red imported fire ant, and European fire ant.
How to prevent ants in the home
Sealing entry points, any small crack or hole, with sealant, caulk or petroleum jelly is one way to start as ants will investigate any routes they come across. There are some natural ant repellents (they will not guarantee that ants stay away but may help to), such as, cinnamon, coffee, garlic, lemon juice and chilli powder, by putting a dusting near any entrances that they (may) come in could repel them. Also keeping any of the food that they enjoy eating will also help to keep them away as they will not track the food source.
How to get rid of ants
Once ants have entered your property they can be hard to get rid of, even by the usual attempted methods of boiling water and commonly available ant poisons and the like. Ants are difficult to treat as their colonies are usually very vast and spread out across the area. Seeking professional help from your local pest control company will help a speedier and more efficient ant extermination process.