5 Tips to Avoid an Ant Infestation


Ant Pest Control

Ant pest control is at its busiest at this time of year. And this year it seems to be busier than ever. Especially ant control in Dublin City Centre. Ultimate Pest Control has been inundated with callouts for ant control in Dublin restaurants. This is as a result of outdoor dining. Whether they’re in a restaurant, or in your home, ants are a nuisance. Thankfully, ants in Ireland are not dangerous. As they do not bite. However, they are annoying and unhygienic. Once an infestation takes hold, it can be difficult to get rid of ants. Luckily, an infestation can be avoided. We have 5 tips to help you avoid an ant infestation.

1. Maintain a Clean Home

Avoid food debris on the ground or on floors. Ants are attracted to the smallest crumb. And even a grain of sugar. Regular sweeping and vacuuming will ensure your floors are food debris free. Following food preparation, disinfecting surfaces is crucial in ant prevention. As is putting all food away immediately. And storing it in airtight containers. Never leave dirty dishes lying around. Exposed foods quickly become the target of an ant infestation. Additionally, ants are attracted to sugary liquids. So spills should always be cleaned up as soon as possible.

Frequently empty and clean all rubbish bins. As they can become a target for an ant infestation. Additionally, never leave pet food out for prolonged periods of time.

2. Ant Pest Control Premises Proofing

Pest proofing your home is essential to avoid an ant infestation. This means cutting off the ants access to your home. Firstly, find potential access points. Look for cracks in the foundation, holes in walls or worn door or window seals. And secondly, seal up potential access sites immediately. For DIY ant pest control proofing, we recommend using caulk or cement to seal up any access points. However, if you cannot find or seal the access point, hire a professional. A professional pest control company should provide eradication and proofing services. Such as Ultimate Pest Control’s Ant Control Solution.

3. DIY Ant Pest Control – Get Rid of the Scout Ants

The role of the scout ant is to search for food. The scouts travel alone, looking for a food source. Once they find some, they travel back to alert the colony. Then worker ants make their way to the food, to return it to the colony.

So, if you spot a single ant on your property, kill it. Do not allow it to return to the colony. As it will return with friends. And you will have a full-on infestation. Once you have removed the scout ant, it is essential you get rid of the ant trails.

4. Wash Away Ant Trails

Scout ants leave a scent trail. Ants deposit natural chemicals, called pheromones along the routes they travel. The scent trail guides the worker ants from the colony, to the food source. Once a scent trail has been established, ants will keep on coming until they gather all the food.

Following the discovery of scout ants, clean up the scent trail immediately. Wash floors and countertops with warm water and soap. Add an ant deterrent such as orange oil or cinnamon to repel any straggler ants. For outdoors, chalk, baking soda, boiling water or vinegar can all be used to remove a scent trail.

5. Ant Repellent Barrier

Creating an ant repellent barrier outside of your home will ensure these pests stay outside. Draw a line around the perimeter of your home using any ant repellent. For ease, we would recommend baking soda or chalk. However, using vinegar, cinnamon or pepper also works.

15% off Seasonal Ant Treatment

If you are past the point of prevention and are dealing with an active ant infestation, contact us today! Ultimate Pest Control provides an unrivalled solution for ants in Ireland. If an infestation is large, a DIY ant treatment will not work. As products available to the public to kill ants in Ireland are not strong enough. Our professional treatment guarantees eradication and prevents future infestations. We provide same-day ant control in Dublin and Kildare. Our response time for Leinster is the next day.

We are offering our customer 15% off a Seasonal Ant Treatment. This offer is valid from Wednesday, 15th of July to Monday, 19th of July. Please use code ANTSEASON15 when booking.