THERE most likely won't be too many 'hoorahs' from home owners as ants go marching one-by-one into residences this summer.
Industry experts have confirmed ants are infesting homes and buildings across the Rockhampton and Yeppoon region.
Dry conditions early in the year have forced the pests to seek moisture and shelter outside of their natural environment, forcing them inside homes, offices and sheds.
The problem has been exasperated further with a recent burst of rain agitating the ants.
Amalgamated Pest Control Rockhampton branch manager Jerome Jackson said locals should be on the lookout for ants in moist areas throughout buildings and be particularly vigilant around kitchens.
"People should be mindful of ants occupying any area of their home or building where moisture build up occurs, but they should be extra careful inside kitchens where ants can wreak havoc on food stores and groceries," Mr Jackson said.
"Common household ants such as Black Ants and Green Weaver Ants can put families at risk of diseases such as dysentery and bacterial infections including salmonella if they are allowed near food areas.
"Not only are they vectors for germs and disease though, they can also cause upset to children and pets when they bite."
Mr Jackson said early treatment was imperative to ensure the problem didn't escalate.
Amalgamated Pest Control can assist with treatment, call 13 19 64.
- Sprinkle boric acid along cracks or crevices. Note: Boric acid can be toxic if ingested by young children or pets.
- Draw a line around home entry points with chalk or scatter powdered chalk around garden plants. The ants will be repelled by the calcium carbonate.
- Sprinkle flour or pepper along the backs of pantry shelves and wherever you see ants entering the house. Ants won't cross over the line.
- Squirt lemon juice on door thresholds, windowsills and crevices where ants get in. Lemons also repel roaches and flees. They hate the smell.
- Other repellents include vinegar, talcum powder, cream of tartar, borax, powdered sulphur, and oil of cloves.
Source: Reader's Digest
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