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If you’re worried that you might be at risk from an ant infestation you can put in place some simple ant repellant and ant deterrent measures. The checklist below will help you keep your home or business free from ants, or make sure your infestation doesn’t grow.
But if you continue to suffer from ant problems our bespoke control service is designed to combat Garden Ant issues with the most appropriate and effective control methods:
Most ants only come into your home to look for food. They are attracted to anything that’s sweet and sticky, which is why you find ants in kitchen cupboards or areas where food is kept.
With that in mind it’s important to not leave temptation in their path. To get rid of ants you must remember to:
Clear up - food and liquid spillages immediately. Even the tiniest of crumbs is enough to attract an army of ants to your home! Ants are mostly attracted to sugary treats, sugar granules and crumbs from biscuits, cakes etc.
Sweep up - any food crumbs from under your kitchen appliances and units. Ants are always scouting for food sources and it only takes a couple of crumbs for them to notify their friends to come and help!
Store your food - keep food in airtight containers or bags and store them away safely in cupboards or refrigerators - not openly. Even refrigerator seals are no problem for ants! Fruit bowls with fermenting fruit should be emptied regularly.
If you have a pet - clear up your pet’s left overs straight away. Pet foods are also a food source that will attracts ants to your home. Be sure to clean the bowls after use too.
Block off - the entry points for ants by sealing all cracks and crevices around your doors and window frames by the means of silicone or acrylic where necessary. Check for leaks from time to time; ants will do anything to get to that crumb!
In the garden - make sure all rubbish bins have tightly sealed lids; ants can easily detect the left overs in your rubbish bins and won’t hesitate to check it out!
Above all, cover any food in storage areas - you don’t know where ants have been walking before they march across your food.
If you’re finding it hard to get rid of ants call Rentokil free on 0800 218 2210 and we’ll call you back within 24 hours (Monday – Friday) to arrange an appointment.
FACT: Once an ant has discovered a food source it leaves a pheromone trail. This chemical helps other ants from the colony to find the food too.
Find out how to get rid of ants
Our British Pest Control Association (BPCA) Technicians know what’s what when it comes to ant deterrents. They understand the habits of different types of ant and can offer the most appropriate and effective solution. They can also help you remove infestations and activity around your home or business. It goes without saying that all our treatments are safe for people and pets.
Call Rentokil free on 0800 218 2210 and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours to arrange an appointment to get rid of your ant infestation.