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If you’re worried that you might be at risk from an ant infestation you can put in place some simple ant repellant and ant deterrent measures. The checklist below will help you keep your home or business free from ants, or make sure your infestation doesn’t grow.
Most ants only come into your home to look for food. They are attracted to anything that’s sweet and sticky, which is why you find ants in kitchen cupboards or areas where food is kept.
With that in mind it’s important to not leave temptation in their path. To get rid of ants you must remember to:
Clear up - food and liquid spillages immediately.
Sweep up - any food crumbs from under your kitchen appliances and units.
Store your food - in airtight containers wherever possible.
If you have a pet - clear away any food that isn’t eaten straight away.
Block off - the entry points for ants by sealing all cracks and crevices around your doors and window frames.
In the garden - keep your compost enclosed and make sure all rubbish bins have tightly sealed lids.
Above all, cover any food in storage areas - you don’t know where ants have been walking before they march across your food.
FACT: Once an ant has discovered a food source it leaves a pheromone trail. This chemical helps other ants from the colony to find the food too.