Ants are small sized pests, But they can be very annoying. They are tricky due to the fact that they can go unnoticed for many days or even months, before we realize their presence. In terms of size to strength ratio, they are the strongest animal in the world. There are more than 10,000 different ant species spread across the globe. As the warmer weather approaches, with it comes pests, insects and other potential infestations.
Ants are social pests, typically found in groups and working in large colonies. So, it is important to understand the dangers, and risks associated with potential ant infestation. They can get inside homes through cracks and crevices, or can be picked up from outside unintentionally. They can breed quickly, and create large colonies inside your home right under your nose. Putting a stop to the ant problem becomes difficult once they split into multiple colonies around your home.
Typically, ant infestations are seen within close proximity of the kitchen and bathroom inside homes. They follow a structural pattern while they travel. It is important to know the type of ant you are dealing with, so that we can properly stop the infestation and prevent it from happening again in the future.
Pharaoh ants are common in Dubai. They enter homes through cracks in the wall, poorly sealed doors, windows, and basement foundations. Workers are approximately 2 mm in length, whereas the Queen gets as large as 4 mm in length. Eliminating them can be difficult because they evade most bait treatments, and are generally resilient to it. So, it is important to hire a professional pest control Dubai to get rid of them from your home.
Carpenter ants are big black ants that you see near your wooden door frames. They got their name from chewing through the wood and forming tunnels to create nests. These ants are more resilient than other types of ants and can live both indoors and outdoors. Their presence can be identified by keeping an eye out for piles of sawdust and fragments of insulation.
Argentine ants are the most troublesome home-infesting pests. They prefer moist places like mulch and building foundations. These ants are extremely adaptable and are attracted to garbage and decay, covering their body with bacteria and spreading throughout its travel. They produce a musty odour when crushed. They are a terrible nuisance to homeowners because they tend to invade homes and connect their network of colonies.
Luckily there are several ways to prevent ant infestations.
Keep the Food Covered
The primary reason ants enter your home is for food. If you keep your food covered or sealed, they won’t be tempted to enter your space. Wash dirty dishes after every meal. Keep your countertops and floor clean and clear off food crumbs.
Seal Off Entry Points
Inspect your home for any cracks or holes around doors, windows, and foundation. Even a small crack means easy entry for ants. So, seal all potential entry points.
Pests need moisture to survive. Inspect your home for any leaks, moisture caused by a leak can damage the wood and attract carpenter ants. Properly seal all the pipes to reduce moisture. Ensure that the drainage system is working properly.
Eliminate Ant Trail
You would have seen ant trails moving toward the food source from their colony. They produce pheromone to trigger a social response with members of the colony. You can spray vinegar to disrupt the trail and clear off harmful chemical residue from the floor and countertops.
If the above mentioned remedies are not helping your home against ant infestation, then we can help you with the pest control services in Dubai. We have a team of licensed technicians who have the skills and knowledge in identifying the source of the problem and eliminating pests from inside out. Ensure will proactively treat your home to prevent any type of infestation from occurring in the future.