Encountering ants in the comfort of one’s home is a common sight for most Singaporeans. They seem to be everywhere and nowhere at once. They crawl across countertops, circle a drop of spilled soda, explore the sink like tourists at the Merlion! In this article, we will covering all of these questions, and also provide some helpful tips and tricks for homeowners in Singapore.
How Do Ants Get Inside The House?
Cracks & Seams In Walls
Most homes aren’t hermetically sealed, meaning there is some air exchange between the inside of the house and the outside. However, these gaps are large enough for ants to find a path into your home. Some building materials can develop structural splits over-time which creates a highway for these insects.
Windows & Door
While homeowners often leave the windows open for sunlight and fresh air to come in, they are also allowing access to ants to come through. Furthermore open windows and screens with holes are easy for ants to move through.
Some ants will find the best way to enter a home is through the doorway. Doors that are sealed poorly are ideal for ants to gain access. Another point would be doors that are used infrequently, as they as not used as often, seals may deteriorate or cracks may develop unnoticed.
With all the electricity, telephone, cable, water and natural gas lines, there are a lot of little holes in your house. Gaps where these lines connect to your home can be used by any small pest to get inside.
How To Prevent Ants From Entering Your House?
Tidy up, keep things neat & Clean
Keep your countertops, floor and stovetop clean of any food debris that may entice ants to visit. This includes keeping your used utensils and bowls clean and clearing the trash bin at home regularly. Another thing to note is to keep the area dry as ants are prone to being attracted to moisture
Deploy Ant Baits around Active Areas
If you have ever come across an area of your home that has regular sightings of ants, don’t hesitate to place a ant trap there. Ant traps are usually sweet or protein based poisoned mixtures which acts as bait for these ants to consume. Furthermore these traps have proven to have a high success rate in dealing with ants.
Seal Off Cracks & Entrances to Your Home
As mentioned above, having cracks or any forms of holes/opening in your home allows free passageway for these ants. Scout around your house a little, find these cracks and seal it with products such as silicone-based caulk.