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Ants work in complex nests, and like any living being, one of their main needs is food! Worker ants have the objective of going out in search for food to bring back to the nest. Foraging leads them into homes, and anywhere they might find traces of edible material. They are often found living near us as they enjoy similar foods to us. So, if they can get into your home to raid your supplies, they certainly will!
The typical tell-tale sign of an ant infestation is seeing the ants running around. The number of ants you see is an indicator of the size of the infestation.
Small piles of soil or dirt outside holes in the ground can indicate the presence of a nest. These are often located in sunny spots outside, within wall cavities, or under paving slabs. Nests are often intricate tunnels underground, in mounds or within trees.
Ensure spilled food or cooking residues are cleaned up quickly. For example, clean down BBQs and keep food waste secured within a bin and not stored in bags on the ground. Sweet food is high on their priority list so remove sticky substances from the kitchen countertops. Keep food stored securely so ants can’t gain access to it. This goes for pet food as well: make sure it’s cleaned up and kept secured.
If you see ants inside your home, watch to see where they’re gaining entry and seal these holes up to stop future access.
Treating the nest is the easiest way to deal with the infestation.
However, if you’re not sure where the nest is, apply ant spray, powder or bait traps where ant activity has been spotted. Ants leave behind natural chemical trails to help mark ‘safe’ routes, which is why you often see ants travelling along the same lines, targeting these lines helps in disrupting their activity.
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