Ants are a common sight throughout the UK and can be a something of a nuisance; especially if they start to infest the inside of your home. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can prevent ants from invading your house.
Below are three of the most effective options available.
Kill the Queen
Destroying an ant colony’s source – the queen – is far and away the best way of getting rid of an ant infestation. The queen is responsible for producing practically all of the ants within a colony so killing it will effectively exterminate them. If you can locate the ant’s nest then you will more than likely find the queen hiding away somewhere at the bottom. A few gallons of boiling water should be more than enough to end her reign!
Remove their Food Source
The main reason why ants start coming into your home is because they are looking for food to nourish their egg-producing queen. If you have an ‘unkempt’ home (i.e. dirty) then ants will be more likely to find food deposits on the floor which they can then take back to their nest. So, the cleaner your house is, the fewer opportunities ants will have to eat. As a consequence, they will give up on your home (eventually) and go looking elsewhere.
When cleaning your house to rid it of ants, make sure you wipe down all your surfaces and spray your tables and counter tops with a mild bleach or vinegar solution. Moreover, ensure that you sweep, mop, and vacuum on a regular basis and keep your food in air-tight containers. In addition, you should also try to keep your sink clean (no dirty dishes standing about means no water for ants to drink) and make sure no uneaten pet food is left lying around.
If you are unable to locate the nest and kill the queen or you’re home is just too busy to keep spotlessly clean, you will need to get crafty and trick the ants into being the facilitators of their own destruction. A good way to do this is to use a garden ant trap. Garden trap kits normally come complete with three traps and some ant killer liquid. They work by taking advantage of ants’ foraging tendencies and fooling them into taking poison back to the nest, thereby eradicating the colony by proxy. If you want to be doubly sure then you can always use indoor Ant Bait Station Kits as well (or indeed, instead of). These work in much the same way as garden kits and consist of five discreet ant ‘inns’ which are pre-baited with ant nest killer.
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