Decaying wood can also lead to ants' infestation of a different kind. Wood decaying attracts carpenter ants. Carpenter ants chew the decaying wood which turns into sawdust. This can majorly affect the structure of your house. It is advisable to replace the wood in your house at the earliest sign of decay to keep a check on the infestation. If you find carpenter ants in your home, it is time to call the pest control.
You may notice that an episode of ants' infestation often coincides with rains. This happens because the ground turns excessively moist during the rainy season, causing the ants to look for shelter on higher grounds. Your home offers a safe abode and they take refuge in it.
Ants find an entry way into your homes though crevices around the windows, walls, doors and floors. A good way of keeping ants out of your home is by sealing all cracks and crevices.
Despite all precautionary measures ants can still find their way into your home. You must know how to deal with the infestation issue, before the little creatures take over your home. There are some ingenious DIY techniques ways that can help keep the ants at bay.
Use chalk to keep ants away from your home. Chalk contains calcium carbonate which repels the ants. Scatter powdered chalk liberally around entry points of your house.
Another tried and tested method of repelling ants is by subjecting them to lemon juice. Squeeze the juice from some lemons and sprinkle it around crevices that you notice. Ants detest the smell of lemon. You can also add lemon juice in water to mop the floor.
Using cayenne pepper and black pepper is another effective method to let the ants know that they are not welcome in your homes. Pour a mix along ant holes to keep the ants away. You can also intercept ants by sprinkling salt in their paths. Other household items that you can use to deter ants from marching into your homes are cinnamon, whole cloves, vinegar, bay leaves and peppermint oil.
If these methods do not work for you, you know where to go. A pest control professional will be your best bet when it comes to ants' infestation.
Angelina Tang works at PestBusters; a pest control management services company in Singapore. PestBusters was founded on the mission that the company would set the standard for the Pest Control Industry. Established in 1991, the company quickly became one of the most trusted names in the hospitality.