Best Tips To Prevent Ants From Entering and Coming Back Into Your Home Or Business

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Ants are tiny but persistent creatures that can quickly become a nuisance when they invade your home or business premises. While All Star Pest Control is always ready to provide effective solutions for ant infestations, prevention is always the best strategy. In this guide, we'll share valuable ant prevention tips to help you keep these unwanted guests at bay.


Maintain Cleanliness

One of the most effective ways to prevent ant infestations is to keep your space clean. Ants are attracted to food residue, so make sure to:

  • Wipe down countertops and tables regularly
  • Clean up crumbs and spills immediately
  • Store food in airtight containers
  • Empty the trash regularly and use sealed bins

By eliminating potential food sources, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of ants invading your home or business.

Seal All Entry Points

Similar to cockroaches, ants can enter your property through the tiniest cracks and crevices. Conduct a thorough inspection of your property and seal any potential entry points:

  • Seal gaps around windows and doors
  • Caulk cracks in walls and foundations
  • Repair damaged screens and vents
  • Check for gaps around utility lines and pipes and seal them.

Taking these steps will create a barrier that prevents ants from finding their way inside.

Trim Vegetation

Ants often use branches, shrubs, and other vegetation as bridges to access your property. Keep your yard well-maintained by:

  • Trimming branches and shrubs that touch your home
  • Raking leaves and debris away from your foundation
  • Keeping a clear space between plants and your building

By reducing access points from outside, you make it harder for ants to invade.

Eliminate Moisture

Many ant species are attracted to moisture sources. To prevent ant infestations, address any moisture issues:

  • Fix leaky pipes and taps
  • Ensure proper drainage around your property
  • Use a dehumidifier in damp areas like basements and crawlspaces

By keeping your space dry, you make it less inviting for ants to nest.

Store Firewood Away

If you have firewood or lumber stored near your property, it can be an attractive nesting spot for ants. Keep firewood and other materials away from your home or business to prevent ants from making themselves at home.

Maintain Your Garden

Ants may be attracted to certain plants and garden pests. To prevent them from taking up residence in your garden:

  • Keep your garden beds well-tended
  • Prune overhanging branches to prevent ant access
  • Use natural ant repellents like diatomaceous earth or coffee grounds

Regular Inspections

Even when you've taken all the preventive measures, it's essential to conduct regular inspections of your property. Ants can be persistent, and new entry points can develop over time. Regular checks can help you identify and address issues before they become full-blown infestations. A regular general spray will massively help too.

Professional Pest Control Services

If the above sounds like a lot of work it’s because it is. Not everyone will have to do all these steps but if you have a nest nearby that is undiscovered then the ants will just keep coming back. While the above tips can significantly reduce the risk of ant infestations, professional pest control services, such as those provided by All Star Pest Control, are your best defence against stubborn ant problems in Maitland, Cessnock and Lake Macquarie.

Regular inspections and treatments by experts can detect and eliminate ant colonies effectively, ensuring long-term pest control and peace of mind. For successful ant removal, you really need to wipe out the nests and find every access point which is what experienced pest controllers like ASPC can do anywhere in the Maitland area.


Preventing ant infestations in your home or business is a crucial step in maintaining a clean and pest-free environment. By following these ant prevention tips in conjunction with All Star Pest Controls services, you can effectively keep ants at bay and enjoy a pest-free space. Remember, proactive prevention is always better than dealing with an infestation after it has taken hold.

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Termite FAQ’s

Does boiling water kill ants?

Pouring large quantities of boiling water (2 - 3 gallons) will likely kill about 60% of the ants in. a suspected nest so it’s not an effective treatment. You have to do it repeatedly and make sure you are not causing damage to lawns or plant root systems

What will keep ants from coming into your home?

Salt, baby powder, lemon juice, chalk, vinegar, bay leaves, cinnamon, or peppermint oil are a few items that you may already have around your home that will prevent ants from coming inside, but none of them are very long-lasting. The above steps combined with pacing these scents near entry points will definitely help though

Do domestic ant prevention powers and sprays work?

Yes, somewhat. Similar to the natural scents above, they can be highly effective, but you aren’t necessarily killing the nests. you can greatly put them off entering via an access point like under the sink or behind kitchen cabinets, but nothing beats killing the nests with professional treatments and sealing up the access points


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