Ants are pesky insects that find their way through the smallest openings into your home. Ants may be wandering into your house searching for food, water, or even shelter from bad weather. Whether you’ve already dealt with an ant problem or are trying to avoid one, the best way to deal with ants is to prevent them from becoming an issue in the first place. Here are some top tips to avoid ants:
1. Seal cracks
Check your walls and floors for any cracks and openings to the outside, and close them up. As ants are very small, it is difficult to cover all possible entry points, but doing this will minimise the risk of them entering your home.
2. Use natural deterrents
Try using natural deterrents around the house to keep ants at bay. Ingredients such as peppermint oil, black pepper, bay leaves, cinnamon, and vinegar are all substances that ants will tend to avoid. Use these along entry points to your home. Just be wary of pets or small children who may swallow these.
3. Keep your home clean
Ant infestations often occur when there is easy access to food. Ants have a fantastic sense of smell and will make their way into your home if it’s unclean. Make sure you wipe down your kitchen, floor, and any other surfaces that may have crumbs, and wash your dishes in a timely manner.
4. Store your food in airtight containers
Ants are capable of making their way through a myriad of food storage materials, including cardboard boxes and thin plastic packaging. Storing your food in airtight containers is an effective way of keeping ants out of your food.
5. Regular pest control
If you’ve had ant infestations in the past, it’s a good idea to undertake regular pest control. This ensures that the entire colony is exterminated, preventing repeats of the issue.
If your ant situation seems to be getting out of control, get in contact with our experienced team at A1 Professional Pest Control. We are a dedicated Canberra based pest control service that will work to effectively eradicate your ant problem.