House infestations can be traumatic. There are some that are more annoying than others, but a common invasion that can cause a lot of irritation is finding an ant kingdom living in your home.
Flying Ant Day is believed to have started on July 8, but according to experts the period can last for several weeks – and with the current warm weather period it could be worth bracing yourself.
Keep in mind that ants aren’t bad for your garden, and if they aren’t doing any damage it’s not worth harming them. But you could be forgiven for wanting them out of your house.
From identifying the ants to sprays and trails, we take a look at the methods you can use to rid the tiny insects from your habitat and maintain a stress, bug-free life.
Why are ants in my house?
Pest control expert Stuart Halliday, owner of Kill and Cure Pest Control, told The Sun : “When you see great big ants walking around on the ground that is the queens and from then on they will start making the next nest for next year.”
Flying ant day normally takes place when a spell of wet weather is followed by days of hot humidity.
Although it is usually coined as a day, the mating ritual can last for weeks with ants moving themselves into your home.
Ants can invade for very simple reasons, usually to find shelter or food.
Crumbs, a food spillage, and pet foods are very attractive to the insects, and the dark spaces around the house means plenty of areas to create nests.
If you can avoid food scattered around a well lit home, it should be easier to prevent any sort of ant occupancy.
Can I use ant powder?
Yes. A solution to your tiny legged problems could well be using ant powder.
If you find ants making nests in your driveway, or between concrete slabs. Pest control expert, Halliday, suggests using the powder in any holes to prevent an infestation.
He added: “You need to get it done before they dispatch the new queens.”
How to get rid of the non-flying ants in my house?
Finding the trail is the best place to start. That way you can determine whether the ant nest is outside or has been built inside your house.
Use your detective skills and follow an ant that is carrying food, it will be on route back to its queen and will reveal the location of the nest to you.
Can I use pesticides on the ants?
You can, but make sure to do it correctly. And remember, flying ants can fly away!
Once locating the nest, you can use pesticides to drench and wipe out the ants. However, if the nest is inside it may cause the bugs to scatter and make them more difficult for you to remove.
When using pesticides it is better to use them on a nest outside (nicer for your lungs too).
If you have discovered an ant empire inside your home, you can use pesticides to wipe out trails of ants heading back and fourth. Although this will be quite a slow process.
Be sure to keep clean surfaces and light areas in your home to avoid any possible infestation that may bug you.