Ants are a common nuisance in South Africa, often invading homes and businesses in search of food and shelter. They can contaminate food and are capable of inflicting painful bites. Ants commonly originate from outdoor nesting sites and gain entry through small cracks and crevices. To keep them at bay, it’s important to maintain a clean environment, seal entry points, and promptly address any food spills or crumbs.

Signs of Ants

Ant pathways – In and out of your home or premises are another sign. Some types of ant will lay down a pheromone trail to a food source. This chemical attracts other ants to find the food.

Ant nest – A nest site can look like a small pile of soil or dirt. Some species of ant like to make their home in walls or other quiet, dark places, which are more difficult to spot.

How can you prevent an Ant infestation in your home?

  • Seal those entry points. Caulk and seal any cracks or exposed crevices in doors and windows.
  • Hide the sweets. Black garden ants (fun fact: they’re actually dark brown!) are the most likely invaders. Keep food—especially honey, maple syrup, and sugar—in airtight containers or tightly wrapped with foil or plastic wrap.
  • Do your chores. Regularly clean countertops and floors where crumbs are most likely to hide. And keep that pet food stored between feedings and regularly clean those pet bowls.
  • Take out the trash. Make sure trash cans (especially in the kitchen!) are covered, and after you take out the garbage, inspect the can for any residue that might be lingering.

Consult pest control experts

If you see signs of infestation or would like to prevent it from happening in the first place, the best step you can take is to talk to pest control experts.

Our experts have extensive knowledge of the behavior of each species that plagues your property.

We also know the best way on how to deal with them, including the proper pest control treatment to use against the specific type of Ants you are dealing with.