08 Aug 2022

Pest control company reports rise in callouts for ant infestations in Waterford homes

Pest control company reports rise in callouts for ant infestations in Waterford homes

Pest control company reports rise in callouts for ant infestations in Waterford homes

Callouts for ant infestations in Waterford homes are up 5% from the same time last year. 

That's according to pest control company, Rentokill, which is advising the public to be on the lookout for ants this summer following an 80% increase in callouts to homes across Ireland. 

Dublin accounted for the bulk of the callouts (25%) followed by Galway (16%), Tipperary (13%) and Cork (11%). 

According to Rentokill, people should be aware that ant activity is likely to increase in the summer months as the insects enter homes and businesses in search of food. 

While they do not pose the same health threats as other pests, they can become a nuisance if an infestation is not treated. 

If a food source is discovered on the premises, ants can lay down pheromones to attract other ants, which can rapidly transform a small infestation into a bigger one. 

Advanced Technical Field Consultant with Rentokil, Richard Faulkner, said, "Ants are usually at their most active during the summer months, and these insects can become an issue for home and business owners in the form of infestations. A small ant problem can quickly become a much larger one. 

"There are a number of steps which property owners can take to curb the presence of ants, but if in doubt, we would encourage anyone to seek the services of a professional pest control provider.”

Top tips to prevent the presence of ants on your premises include: 

  • Clear up food and liquid spillages immediately 
  • Sweep up any food crumbs from under your kitchen appliances and units 
  • Store your food in airtight containers wherever possible 
  • If you have a pet, clear away any food that isn’t eaten straight away 
  • Block off entry points for ants by sealing all cracks and crevices around your doors and window frames 
  • In the garden, keep your compost enclosed and make sure all rubbish bins have tightly sealed lids 

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