Ants cause a lot of nuisance and contamination of food for example. Moreover, you never know for sure where else the ant has been. Ants are one of the most common problems, fortunately ants are almost harmless, but very annoying. Some species of ants can bite or sting and pharaoh ants, for example, can spread diseases when looking for food. Food that ants have walked on is best disposed of immediately, because of the bacteria that ants carry under their paws. Moreover, the ant protects the aphid by eating the larva of the ladybug (enemy aphid), which can cause problems to your plants or crops.
Ants nuisance? These are the main symptoms
Especially in the months of May, June and July the number of ants around and probably in your house will increase. Ants start building nests in spring and there are always ants looking for food, preferably sweets. Then the time of the year comes when you eat outside in the gardens, and ants are so close to the house where you can always find something tasty.
Eating inside, with a window or door open, attracts ants as well. In our daily life we can hardly escape ants. You can often recognize them by seeing them walking, or when there are gaps/holes between the joints of your tiles in the garden. Ants like to nest under the terrace, so control ants is necessary if you want to prevent your terrace from sagging. This is due to the extensive system of corridors that ants dig under your tiles.
What should you do NOT?
It is therefore logically unwise not to clean up (sweet) food, or to leave it lying around after it has been tampered with. Control ants is also not a matter of spreading poison on or around the ants’ nests, certain poisons are very harmful to your ground/soil life and can eventually accumulate in the soil. Result: No more ants, but also no more active soil life. Controlling ants succeeded, but for the time being nothing will grow there anymore.
Watch out at all times when you are going to control ants with anti-ant-sprays and/or -powder, this can cause health problems or soil problems in your garden. Of course you don’t apply poisons at all when you have pets or children. Toxins have a much more severe reaction to (small) pets and children. This is therefore, without exaggerating, life-threatening.
What can you do?
To fight ants, you can try some of the house, garden and kitchen methods yourself. However, the problem is often that these methods are temporary, and therefore do not solve the problem of ants permanently. In many cases the ants will move to another place in your garden. A good hygiene is very important, furthermore spring is the perfect time to check if there are cracks or seams in your house, you can seal them before the summer. In the summer it is just a matter of preventing the ants from entering your house through windows and doors, for example by putting a copper wire under it. You can do this at the latest in February or March, so you will be ready when the ants show up again.
How can you prevent ants?
Essential to prevent ants is a tidy environment. If you are sitting outside when the weather is nice, clean up any food leftovers immediately. Do not leave sweet products open and exposed either, but clean them up in the pantry/cellar cabinet. An ice cream that slowly melts and accidentally (outside) leaks on tiles is also food for ants. It is therefore advisable to rinse it away immediately.
Ants also love to walk in and around the garbage cans. By washing containers and garbage garbage cans with detergent solution, you prevent the ants from easily walking in and out of the container and garbage garbage can.
Control ants? Follow these 5 tips:
- Dissolve ants powder in water or sprinkle dry on paths in the garden where you walk a lot.
- Fix a copper wire under/against your threshold at the door and at windows. Ants will prefer to avoid copper and therefore will not enter.
These tips can provide temporary improvement. Do you want to get rid of ants for good? Let ants always be controlled by a pest controller!