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How to get rid of ants

While there are wide range of do-it-yourself products available in the market to get rid of ants, an effective control requires a professional pest control service to manage the infestation and minimise recurrence. Our service technicians understand the habits of different types of ant and can offer discreet and targeted ant control.

At Rentokil, our ant control treatment and solutions are designed for both domestic and commercial customers, regardless to the size of the infestation. 

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1.Identify your pest

Have you put down food on the dining table and moments later only to find the food being attacked by a swarm of ants? If you have experienced this before, it is highly possible that your home or work place is infested with ants!

While the warning signs of an ant infestation are usually quite obvious such as with the presence of ants itself, ant trials and having ants found in food supplies, they are all easy-to-spot signs for home owners. With the presence of ants or ant nests, they are abe to grow in number over time, becoming a colony. The number of ant trials along different areas in the same kitchen could be seen increasingly more as they travel to and from their food source in an organised manner.

Ants are social insects living in colonies. Foraging ants come out in the early morning and early evening when the temperature outside is not very high. Food and water is key to the colony survival. Knowing the common ants species is important as you understand the biology and behaviour of certain species to carry out an effective ant control.

Common types of ants which can be found in Sri Lanka households includes Black Ant, Carpenter Ant and Pharaoh's Ant. Correct identification of ant species is crucial before carrying out ant control treatment as different species have different diet, nesting and foraging habits. Did you know? If you have Pharaoh's Ant in your house, spraying repellent insecticide worsens the situation as the single colony spilt to form more colonies. Stop doing it!

2.Choose your method

DIY or Professional?

When it comes to getting rid of ants, you have two basic options: DIY or hire a professional.

The DIY option requires the purchase of ant spray from your local home store. Insecticide spray is the most common ant control item for a household. The usage of an insecticide spray should work together with good sanitation. DIY spraying of insecticide may kill some foraging ants which happen to be out of the nest and disrupt the ant trials temporarily.

Professional ant control by a local pest control company in Sri Lanka is able to manage the infestation and minimise recurrence. Pest control experts understand the habits of different types of ant and can offer discreet and targeted ant control.

DIY ant control options

Many homeowners struggle with do-it-yourself ant control remedies, the results are often less than satisfactory. Small problems can develop into large ones and this is when the wrong treatment method is applied on top of the lack of understanding of ant biology and its behavior occur.

Ants nest deep in the cracks and crevices of wall foundations of buildings. DIY spraying may not reach some of the key hotspots and in some cases, causes the ant infestation to worsen especially for Pharaoh's Ant which is particularly sensitive to repellent insecticide.

Home improvements greatly help in an ant infestation by maintaining a clean and dry environment. Here's what you can do to help prevent an ant infestation:

  1. Clear away leftover food and food crumns found in kitchen, pantries or storage areas.
  2. Store all food supplies in airtight containers, or in refrigerator to avoid attracting ants.
  3. Fix any leaking taps and wipe any spills to avoid providing food source to ants.
  4. Fill ant tiny cracks and crevices to prevent ants crawling through to search for food.

If you decide to control an ant problem on your own, there is a high chance you could be unsuccessful. Ant infestation often trails along places with food and drinks and these are places which you and your family live and eat in. Ant control methods have to be safe and efficient for health and safety reasons.

Benefits of a professional ant control service

How to get rid of ants in your home and business

You would want to get rid of ants in your home and business because besides potentially posing a nuisance, ants may impose some dangers to you, your family and employees. Some potential risks include:

  • Ants contaminate food, having crawled all over and possibly picking up dirt and infectious organisms.
  • They may cause allergy, swelling and pain resulting from ant bites..

Professional ant control steps on how to get rid of ants include:

  • Identifying correctly the ant species
  • Not treating with DIY method such as spraying repellent insecticide before ant species is identified:
  • Outdoor - Making sure tree branches are not touching wall and roof of buildings

Once identification of the ants species is done, effective solutions to deal with them efficiently are recommended. Treatment and solutions are designed for both domestic and commercial needs, regardless of the size of infestation.

Professional ant control service is the most effective way to get rid of ant infestation from your business. Besides treatment using pesticides, your Rentokil expert will follow the PEST approach to ensure your long-term protection:

  • Partnership - Cooperation with clients and sharing of roles in pest management is crucial
  • Education and exclusion - Talks and education materials to enforce general good housekeeping practices to remove food debris and spillages with recommendations on proofing potential entry points such as wall cracks and crevices
  • Sanitation - Proper waste disposal process and sanitation to reduce infestation
  • Treatment - Use of the correct ant control treatment for your individual circumstances

How To choose your pest control professional

To find the right professional pest control company, you need to ensure the entire organization, as well as the pest control technicians are able to fulfill key criteria.

You should expect the same level of competence and duty of care as provided by any other professional service provider.

A good pest partner should be able to anticipate and answer all your health and safety concerns. Services and treatments should be tailored to suit your needs as much as possible.

Crucially a professional should also respect your home, property or business site and operate with the greatest care and attention. He or she should be able to voice any challenges or restrictions right from the start. Equally, as a customer, you should always feel able to voice any concerns and ask as many questions as you need to.

Key criteria for selection:

  1. Certifications - licenses and certifications will demonstrate that your treatments are carried out to the highest industry standard practices.
  2. Personal recommendations - even today, word-of-mouth and personal recommendations can be more powerful than a company’s own word. Speak to neighbors, peers, friends or family to find out about customer satisfaction.
  3. Transparency - complete honesty and transparency early-on regarding the cost, level and duration of treatment required will help you see if the company is reliable.
  4. Expertise & experience - a well established, recognized company can offer a peace of mind in the services provided and its relationship with customers.

Why use Rentokil

With Rentokil Pest Control, you can be assured of complete pest protection.

Our focus on control solutions will ensure complete removal of your pest problem. At the same time, our approach to pest protection will help your home or business remain pest-free long-term.

We have been providing pest control services globally to both homes and businesses for more than 90 years, our expertise in the industry should reassure you of the quality of our service and our expertly trained pest control technicians.

  • We tailor our products to target pests by species.
  • We customize our solutions based on the uniqueness of your home, building or business premises - recognizing that every pest problem is different.
  • We use advanced solutions approved by industry governing bodies - helping to ensure reliability and success.
  • Our large network of entomologists and field biologists support the services and products used by our technicians on-site.

3.Take action

Contact Rentokil today to get rid of your ant problem and eliminate any stress or pest concerns you have in your home or business.

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