Ants Be Gone: Expert Insights On Preventing And Treating Ant Infestations25 Apr 2023
Ants are a common household and commercial F&B pest that can be found in the kitchen, dining area, guest area and washroom. Although they are tiny and typically harmless, ants can become a serious and annoying problem and, worse still, a health risk once they establish a colony or invade in a mob. This article by PestWerkz lists the questions you should ask regarding ant management. Continue reading to learn more.
What Are The Typical Domestic Ant Species?
The four typical ant species are sugar ants, crazy ants, pharaoh ants, and carpenter ants.
Sugar ants are probably the most commonly encountered pest in kitchens due to their attraction to water, sugar, as well as other sweet foods. Sugar ants are typically translucent in colour and can be found in food-related areas of the home.
Crazy ants have a distinctive appearance that is typically dark red or black in colour and they can be difficult to kill if they are already active. Their colony disperses and scatters, which makes using insecticide spray to get rid of them more difficult. Similar to humans, they enjoy sweet foods, but they have been known to bite through clothing and other hard surfaces.
Pharaoh ants are yellow to brown in colour and adore a variety of fatty, greasy foods like meat and anything that contains protein. They are simple to colonise, and home remedies for ants usually don't work on them. In fact, spraying these ants directly causes the colony to split and disperse throughout the house, making it difficult to contain them.
Carpenter ants are perhaps the most difficult and uncommon ant species. These species, which have a connection to wood, set themselves apart from the typical ant colony. They still consume protein, sugar, and sweet foods, but they also tunnel through wood to attack it. They may prefer the outdoors, where there are trees, wood, timber, and shrubs, over the kitchen and dining hall. They differ from termites, though, as the latter consume wood and exhibit various signs of infestation.
What Draws Ants To Your Residence Or Place Of Business?
The simplest explanation for why ants invade your home or place of business is that they need food and water, particularly the foods and staples that we all eat. Additional causes of a pest infestation are as follows:
Gaps or lapses in keeping the place spotless and upholding the highest standards of sanitation
Poor eating and snacking habits that leave crumbs and leftover food all over the place
Stale moisture, particularly in the bathroom, kitchen, and storage room
Unnoticed ant nests that become ant infestations
An inefficient or improper method of ant removal that causes a spread
Ignoring the current ant issue, results in rapid reproduction.
Ants entering from the outside due to inadequate sealing or structural flaws
Rainy weather and other environmental factors force ants to seek shelter indoors.
Do Ants Pose A Threat To Our Health And Safety?
Ants may be less dangerous than other pests in terms of their effects on health and structure, but they can still cause us some harm. Therefore, their presence should not be ignored. They first create stress and hassles by dispersing or moving in lines, making it appear impossible to eradicate ants permanently. They briefly vanished, then reappeared to prowl close to your place and vicinity once more. Also, ants might be consuming your food supplies and can contaminate food and spread harmful bacteria. This can lead to food poisoning and other illnesses. Ants are also known to carry allergens, which can trigger allergic reactions in some people. There are some ants that do bite, particularly fire ants, whose bites can sting and result in an allergy or skin infection. Ants can carry a variety of diseases, including salmonella, staphylococcus, and streptococcus. These diseases can be transmitted to humans through bites, stings, or contact with contaminated food or surfaces. In some cases, these diseases can lead to serious health problems, especially in people with weakened immune systems. The damage to wood and furniture caused by carpenter ants, as well as the cost of repairing or replacing them, may be the most severe harm.
How Can I Effectively Get Rid Of Ants?
Even with the best ant control service or the cleanest environment, you can never completely get rid of pests. This is so because pests can emerge when conditions are favourable for attracting them. For instance, ants can enter your home through cracks and holes, or you might have brought some ants inside through your shoes, clothing or possessions. To effectively get rid of ants, however, consider the following prevention advice:
Always look out for ants symptoms or any other strange pest symptoms that may appear. Pay attention to household or workplace hygiene and keep the environment tidy and dry.
Keep in mind that waste attracts ants, and dispose of it regularly.
To keep ants away, use insecticide and natural pest repellents.
Deploy ant baits and gels in high-risk areas.
To prevent ants from entering your premise, seal any gaps or openings with waterproof silicone caulk.
Hire a reputable pest control company to keep infestations under control.
To prevent unexpected pest surprises, continue to monitor and inspect your surrounding.
How Much Does Ant Pest Control Cost?
In general, ant removal pest control costs are reasonable. Treating and maintaining them doesn't cost a lot of money. Ant treatments are typically less expensive than those for other pests because they are easier and more frequent household pests to control than those that require baiting devices, tracking devices, or complicated application methods. However, there are some factors that could raise the cost, such as the extent of the ant infestation, the location of the treatment site (typically in a large compound or residential area), the active ingredient selected (effective vs. general efficacy), and the frequency with which multiple treatments are needed to address an acute or surge.
Other factors that impact price involve a range of both tangible and intangible attributes, and with over 350 pest control companies in Singapore, it is then essential to evaluate a credible and trustworthy pest control specialist to perform the job for you.
Why Don't Ants' Remedies Work?
Despite carefully following the proper procedures, there are a number of reasons why a treatment might not be successful. For instance, without expert pest species identification, pest identification can be inaccurate because ants and termites are fairly similar. If the pest was not identified correctly, the wrong treatment would be applied, which would worsen the pest problem already present. Likewise, superior solutions result in greater efficacy, while the quality and dosage of active ingredients and baits used are important. Additionally, in order to apply active ingredients where they are needed, the location and targeting of the appropriate key risk area are crucial. Above all, routine maintenance and good housekeeping practices are crucial in preventing pests. In conclusion, make sure your home or business maintenance and pest control procedures are consistent.
These suggestions can all help prevent pests from becoming a problem in your F&B business and ensure the expansion of your reputable enterprise, whether you use them to implement a regular pest control management programme or if you hire professional F&B pest control services.
For your commercial F&B outlet, PestWerkz is an NEA-licensed pest control company in Singapore that offers a variety of cost-effective pest control management services and packages to suit your needs. Contact us today to learn more.