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It’s Spring & The Ants Are Coming!

Have you noticed there is usually an increase of ants in your house in spring? For many homeowners this can quickly become a problem. The sun is coming out and your ant pests become even more active this time of year. Our offices start to buzz in the spring with many pest problems commencing. One of the biggest problems we get calls for is to help get rid of ants.

Ants are breaking out of their colony looking for food. If you have opened up a window or left a door open to let in some fresh air, this can be a quick option for a trail of ants to start to find their way into your house. Should you shut down your home to keep ants out of the house? No, let in that fresh air. But do take some precautions to prevent and actions to get rid of ants if they do start to show up in your house.

Once you have ants in your house in spring it can be incredibly difficult to get rid of them. They don’t usually live inside your home, unless they are carpenter ants, but come in from outdoors, where they build their nests. Ants can burrow deep into the ground, and create complex tunnel systems. These colonies are highly resistant to the outside world. This means that getting rid of ants is usually very difficult.

Ants in your house in spring are looking for food

Why are there ants in your house in spring? The reason why is simple. These pests are mostly looking for food. You see, during winter, ants hibernate. During this period it is usually too cold for them to survive above ground for very long.

Ants will store up food and hide out in the warmth of their colony. When spring arrives, they emerge and start to seek out new sources of food. Many ants will also seek out new areas to live, and may even construct a new colony. Your garden can easily become overwhelmed by ants that may ruin your lawn.

What can you do about ants in your home?

If you’re dealing with an ant problem, the first course of action is to get your home clean. Because the ants are looking for food, this means clean up as you go along and do not leave bits of food lying around. Keep bins tightly sealed inside and out.

Another problem with ants is the trails they create. When ants find a source of food they return to the nest leaving a trail of pheromones behind. These chemical scent trails allow other ants to make their way back to the food source. These trails also make it increasingly difficult to get rid of ants.

You can continue to clean the affected areas with hot soapy water or disinfectant, to see if the ants go away. Sometimes this works. However, if the problem persists, then your best bet is to call Exterminate.ie who can help you with professional ant control and remove the infestation.

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How to Get Rid of Ants

Clean Clean Clean: Ants are marching around looking for food. If your home does not have easily accessible food sources then the ants will go elsewhere to find what they need. If you are seeing ants in and around your kitchen, playroom, entrances, etc. then follow their trails to find out what food source they have detected. Sometimes the ants food source can be as simple as pet food left in a bowl. You may be surprised to discover what they find. Whatever the food source is that you discover you will want to clean that up and sanitize the area as appropriate.

Tend to the Garden & Patio: You love your house and ants love your house as well. Our homes provide a lot of really great options for building an ant colony. Soil and wood are usual options for ants to build nests. However, you can expect to find ants building nests in cracks, holes, moisture areas, plants, firewood, and a host of other less common places to establish a nest. As the weather gets warm and you want to get out more, take time to walk around outside and look for potential spots for the ants to create a nest and start to disrupt your home. If you see ants trailing along your foundation follow the trails to see where they are going and what they are coming from. Clean up suspected areas as needed.

Monitor and Bait: If you are baffled at where ants are coming from and where they are going in your home then you want to start some monitoring stations. Monitoring stations can be as simple as some honey on an index card places in areas you suspect ant activity. When ant activity is confirmed you can use an ant pesticide or trap. Monitoring and baiting ants is not a quick solution. Baits are picked up and taken back to the nest by the ants, which in turn starts to kill off the whole nest. If you were to just spray ants at the food source you will kill those ants, but the remainder of the nest is still active and will start looking for food in your home soon.

Direct Nest Treatments: You can treat nests directly if you can find them. Dust powders are the best solutions in these cases, but directions for use need to be followed accurately in order to get the best results.

Professional Treatments: Exterminate.ie Pest Control Solutions provide expert solutions for problems with ants. Using professional insecticides, powders and bait stations we can formulate a plan to eliminate your ant problems. 

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