Ants are mostly harmless insects unless they are being disturbed especially when they are collecting food and their colonies are destroyed. If your house is being pester by ants, here is a guide to get rid of them.
Identify. Start by identifying the type of ant in your house so you can find out its nesting habits and have a better idea of where they’re living. Take a close-up photo of the ant consult an expert for better understanding.
Keep it clean. A clean house is your first defense against ants. Sweep up food crumbs, wipe up spills, take out the garbage and don’t leave dirty dishes sitting around the house. This takes away the ants’ food source. Spray vinegar mixed with water around bowls of pet food to keep ants from feasting there.
Erase their trails. Ants leave a scented trail that other ants follow. Sweeping or mopping isn’t enough to eliminate the scent. Instead, mix 1 part vinegar with 3 parts water in a spray bottle, then spray wherever you’ve seen ants in the past. This will stop outdoor nesting ants that entered the house to forage for food. If you are in doubt in doing so, you can ask the service of a pest control company to do the job for you.
Wipe out colonies. When you see an ant, your first impulse is probably to step on it. But don’t. You’ll kill it, but for every ant you see, there may be hundreds more hiding in the house. The ones you see are scout ants, foraging for food to take back to the colony. Use these scouts to wipe out the entire colony.
Hunt down the nest. Sometimes the solution to an ant problem is getting rid of their nest. If you’re dealing with carpenter ants, which can do structural damage to your house, it’s vital that you wipe them out ASAP. Finding the nest may not be easy and takes some detective work.
Ants generally prefer damp areas, such as framing or flooring that’s soft and spongy from a plumbing or roof leak. Start by looking for areas with water damage. Attics, bathrooms and exterior walls are obvious candidates.
Spray entry points. After ridding the house of ants, take steps to ensure they don’t come back. Caulk and seal holes, and then spray insecticide around doors and windows. Use an insecticide that contains bifenthrin, permethrin or deltamethrin. If you are not sure what to use, hire a pest control company in Dubai.
Spray on a barrier. If you’re still getting ants in your house after spraying interior entry points, spray a 12-in.-wide band of insecticide on the foundation and siding. Use an outdoor insecticide that says “barrier treatment” on the label.