Almost every home in South Africa has ants. Do you find tiny ants invading your home, even if you clean up well? The tiniest food crumb could have hundreds of ants gathering and invading your space. It is time to tackle the ant problem using professional services.
Why Do Ants Keep Coming Back Even If I Clean?
The interesting thing about ants is that they are part of nature’s clean-up team. This is like the help we get from dung beetles. Dung beetles clean yards and the bush when wild animals and cattle defecate. They are there to clean up the environment.
Ants do the same and clean up after us. They are helpful little workers, cleaning the environment. The issue here is that human beings are not keen on their help.
We often find there are more ants in outdoors than indoors during the hot summer months. The reason is insects are more active as the weather improves. They may even invade your kitchen counter or pet food bowls in their hunt for food.
Why Do We Find Ants in Winter When Temperatures Drop?
You could find ants’ nests around your property during low rainfall months or when the temperature outside drops. Ants need water to survive. They often gravitate indoors in search of water during low rainfall periods.
This usually happens in summer rainfall areas when winter arrives. Ants gravitate towards the inside of buildings in search of water. You might find they are active during the dry season when the rains stop. We discover ants in bathrooms and kitchens which are the more humid parts of homes.
How Do Ants Alert Other Ants to Food Sources?
Ants are brilliant at working in teams. They live together in massive colonies. Worker ants alert each other when they find food with a scent trail. If they discover food spills in your home or sugary foods that aren’t in airtight containers, their search for food may lead them to infest your home.
How Do I Control Ants this Summer?
- Ensure ants never gain access to any food. Be sure to wipe up any crumbs on the kitchen countertops. Toasters and appliances like dishwashers need wiping down after each use.
- Prevention is far better than cure. Ensure you keep food in canisters in the refrigerator or other containers. Remember that ants gravitate towards water sources. Fix any dripping taps and empty water glasses.
- Pick up pet food between feeds. This is also important for preventing flies in the home.
- Wipe down surfaces with bleach or with vinegar to discourage ants from seeking food.
- It is time to seal cracks in the home. Stop cracks in floorboards and window and door frames.
- It might be time to call in professional pest control experts. Trained pest control companies will advise and assist with ant infestations.
How to Care for The Environment by Going Easy on Pesticides.
Mostert’s products are environmentally friendly. This includes eradication of ant colonies. Did you know the world’s insect population is diminishing?
One of the biggest causes of a world-wide insect population is the use of insecticides. Losses of habitats are a danger to the existence of some insect species. Remember that we need insects for crops and pollination. The disappearance of some plant and animal species is also responsible for the decline in insect populations.
Professional help is far more effective than DIY methods. The reason is we often cannot find ants’ nests. Chances are, you might only kill a handful out of thousands of ants in a nest. The secret of ant eradication is getting to the root (the nest) of the problem.
What You Don’t Want to Do is Get Rid of the Good Ones
Bees, ladybirds, and mantises are all good for our world. Mostert Pest Control Services is here to assist with pests so you can enjoy a healthy and clean environment. We suggest not getting rid of beneficial critters and creatures.
Why You Should Never Disturb Pheromone Trails
Professional help is important when locating nests. Disturbing their trails will encourage worker ants to create new nests. When you disturb the trails, the ants cannot find their way back to the nests. Never spray insecticides on pheromone trails. All you will achieve is killing a few worker ants.
Call in the Experts to Control Ants this Summer
Mostert Pest Control Services are here to help you with your ongoing ant problem. We use baits made from proteins and carbohydrates to take into their nests. We choose the behaviour of the ants to eradicate the problem.
After inspecting your premises to determine the extent of infestations, we tackle the problem. We do this without disturbing pheromone trails. Ant eradication is never a once-off treatment. The best way to eradication is to apply follow-up steps to keep the problem at bay.