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Ants invading your home? How to keep the ant army outside of your home

31 May 2016

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When it comes to pests, Australia’s most detested and common pest is ants. There are many varieties of ants following many different kinds of foods. Some are big, some are tiny, some sting and some bite. They are the all-round household pests few people tolerate. There are two parts to keeping the ant army at bay; and prevention and ant removal and let’s be clear, the former is easier than the latter.

Ant prevention

If you want to keep your house pest free, there are lots of ways you can prevent ants from finding your home as appealing as you do.

Keep your home clean and tidy

It’s important to keep your house clean and tidy if you want to prevent an ant invasion. Little things like sweeping up crumbs, taking the rubbish out regularly, rinsing out containers before you put them in the recycling bin, wiping down tables and benches after meals and not leaving food out gives ants less of a reason to come crawling in.

Food storage

Always cover foods if having outdoor parties or barbeques. Store your packaged foods securely in airtight containers so ants can’t sniff them out or get into them.

Natural repellents

Ants are generally attracted to sugars and meat products around your home, they’re attracted to sticky and smelly food items and can sense them from quite a distance, making a direct track from way out in the backyard to that specific point in your home where you’ve left the butter on the bench. There are lots of simple, natural remedies you can use to repel ants, for instance, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice or a thick line of chalk or a sprinkle of cayenne pepper or salt around a doorway or around your cupboards are easy ways to repel ants from your home.

Ant removal

If something in your prevention plan goes wrong and you do end up with ants infesting your rubbish bin and kitchen benches, the trickier task is getting rid of them.

Home remedies for removal

Vinegars and acids kill ants in an instant. You need to be careful about how you apply them around your home, however. Mix equal parts with water and gently spray your ant army or their hives. You can also flood their hives with boiling water.

Ant baits and powders

You can buy ant baits and ant powders from your local hardware or nursery and most can be quite effective if placed along the ant army’s path.

Expert ant removal and prevention

While home remedies can keep the ants at bay, they can be impractical and don’t always produce lasting effects. If you’re dealing with a recurring ant problem, you need to call in the heavy artillery to wipe out the army for good.

Bug Busters are the one-stop-shop for ants pest control. With a full home assessment, professional barrier treatments and baiting, Bug Busters can eliminate your ant problem for good. Call Bug Busters today on 08 9493 1313.