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Causes Of Ant Problems

According to bbc.com, there are 7.2 billion humans on the planet today - if we take everyone over the age of 15, they weigh a combined total of about 332bn kg. If we imagine there are 10,000 trillion ants in the world, weighing an average of 4mg, their total weight comes to just 40bn kg. Now, imagine with such a huge population, what impact they can have on human lives. But, hold on - ants are actually very beneficial insects and perform many important ecological services and they are called as "ecosystem engineers". They only become 'pests' when they enter our homes and offices in large numbers. Here are few common causes of ant problems:

Leaving food in open

Ants, like many creatures, are attracted to food sources. If food is left over the counter in shops, pantry or in home kitchens, then ants are bound to get attracted to your premises. Sweets, in particular, act like magnets for ants. Therefore, do not leave food uncovered and clean up all spills and crumbs regularly to avoid ants entering your home or business premises.

Allowing food particles to settle under appliances

We all use all kinds of appliances in our kitchen. Various types of food get swept under the fridge, dishwasher, or cooking stove and can remain there. Even if these food particles are tiny, ants can smell them and will get attracted to them. Clean your appliances, remove food underneath and vacuum clean regularly.

Providing access points

Ants can squeez in through the smallest of spaces, therefore, check for any cracks, crevices or openings around the windows and doors, along the foundation and also around areas where pipes are connected to your home. It is advisable to seal even the smallest of openings with a good sealant. Sometimes branches of trees can also provide highways indoors for ants, so trees and bushes should be trimmed away from the home.

Do you have ants in the house? Call 613 804 7378 to speak with the pest control experts at Essen Pest Control.

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