As a building or an office space owner, you must not be new to ant infestation.
And when that happens, it can wreak havoc. Ants can destroy furniture, bite people and ruin the ambience in your office. The nuisance they create can take months to fix unless handled on time.
You may use common insecticides to kill an ant trail the moment you see it. However, if you see the trail reappear, you may have an ant infestation problem. That said, you can easily avoid this problem if you take some simple steps. And in today’s guide, we will talk about what can be done when there’s an ant infestation in your office.
Let’s check it out!
What To Do If Your Office Is Infested With Ants
1. Figure Out What Is Causing The Problem
Before employing any techniques, it is very important to figure out what attracts ants to your office space. A range of things can make the ants swarm all over your office.
The most common thing that attracts ants to a place is food. Like all other insects, ants are always on the lookout for food, and if there is food lying around openly in your office space, there’s a good chance that you will soon see an ant infestation.
The other thing that might attract ants is the odour from trash cans. Open trash cans emanate an odour that will attract ants. To avoid this problem, you should use closed trash cans and empty the bins regularly.
Other than that, sometimes ants are found to be nesting underground, and they come up on the surface to search for food. Before you try to tackle the problem of ant infestation, it is crucial that you first know where they are coming from. This will help you deal with the situation more effectively.
2. Store Food Properly
Many people often bring tasty food to have lunch with their colleagues. This is a good practice, and everyone enjoys a hearty meal together. However, the problem arises when people leave snacks, chocolates and sweets open in the office pantry or the meeting desk. As mentioned above, this is what attracts ants.
Sometimes, leftover food remains on the desk overnight, only for you to find it covered with ants the following day. To avoid this problem, you can do a few things. Instead of using disposable containers, try using air-tight ones. You can store any leftover food in these containers or in plastic wrappers.
If you do not have an air-tight container, put the food inside the cupboard or in a refrigerator. For particular food items like biscuits, nuts and cookies, you can even use a sealed jar to store them for later consumption!
When food particles are scattered around the pantry daily, ants will keep coming for it. The bottom line is, do not keep food around, as that is the primary cause of ant infestation.
3. Check For Cracks
At times, you will notice ants crawling from under the ground. In that case, they can enter only through cracks that are present on the floor. To prevent this problem, it is essential that you first locate where the gaps are.
The best way to locate the cracks is to go with a flashlight around your office and put light on the floor and walls to check where the ants are entering. In most cases, you will find cracks between the floor and walls. Once you find the cracks, you can use caulking to seal them.
If you can seal the cracks successfully, the ants will get no chance of entering your office space.
However, it is not always the case that the ants are coming from underground. Sometimes, they can even enter your office space from the outside. When they come from outside, the ants mostly enter through the window sills. Window Sills are the most common place ants can easily enter and exit your office space.
So, to prevent the ants from entering through the window sills, you should seal them. And you can make use of a foam sealant to secure them.
4. Appoint A Pest Control Company
After doing all that we have suggested so far, if you still see that the ant problem persists, the office space might have a serious infestation problem. And it also might be the case that you are not dealing with “harmless” ants.
This is when you get in touch with a professional pest control company that can help you get the situation under control. Some infestation situations are tricky, and you won’t be able to handle them all by yourself. For example, if all the ants are from underground, you will need the expert’s help to remove them permanently.
Keep Your Workplace Ant-Free
With that, we have reached the end of this informative guide! We hope that you now have a better idea about how to deal with ant problems in your office. This issue is widespread in most offices, and the good thing is that it can be dealt with pretty efficiently.
When trying to get rid of ants, we recommend that you avoid toxic ant sprays. Unless you apply them correctly, they might cause problems for pets and humans.
With GC Pest Control, you will never have to deal with ant infestation again. Detecting and eliminating ants in your office building is what we do best. To get long-lasting pest control solutions for your business, contact us today.
Until next time, take care!