Ants are a prolific pest, once you spot them in your home they will be everywhere if left unchecked.
But why are ants such a problem in the summer?
Year in, year out, you can guarantee that at some point you will see a colony of ants near to your home. What you don’t want to see is members of that colony frequenting your home…
Why do you see so many ants in summer?
Summer is a prime time for ants to make the most of the warm conditions and freely available food.
Open windows and doors to let the air in also serve as an open invitation to hungry ants looking for a bite to eat.
Al fresco dining in the summer months will always mean bits of discarded food, however miniscule, get left on the floor as rich pickings for opportunist ants.
Ants will work hard throughout the summer to collect and store food for their colony ahead of a shift in pace for over-wintering.
This means they will remain highly active throughout the warmer months.
Why are ants a problem?
A nuisance rather than a health problem, ants do not carry or spread disease, but they are a major nuisance due to the numbers in which they will invade you home.
Often targeting your kitchen, the last thing homeowners want is an army of small insects crawling across the worktop or marching through cupboards.
Ants work by laying down a scent once they have found a source of food – this sends a signal to other ants to follow the scent. As a result, the number of ants heading into your home will quickly increase.
What can I do to keep ants out of my home in summer?
As always, minimising access to food by being thorough when clearing up after eating and making sure your rubbish is well contained will help to keep pests at bay by not gifting them a source of food.
If ants do appear, masking scent trails with strong smells such as cinnamon, lemon and mint can help.
It is also important to take steps to block their exit so find out where the ants are getting into your house and then close up the gaps. Pay attention to doors and windows and be prepared to use a product such a sealant to close up miniscule gaps that ants can get through.
Expert pest control
While there are numerous DIY solutions that can be used to stem the flow of ants into your home if you experience an invasion in the summer, if you are struggling to take control of the situation call in expert help.
Pest Busters offers pest control solutions across the West Midlands for all manner of household pests including insects, wasps and rodents. If you are struggling to contain a problem with ants or have a serious pest control issue our team of professional pest control experts can help.
Take swift action to get rid of household pests, contact Pest Busters for help.
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