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Revealed: The Top Ten ​Ant-Infested Counties In Ireland​ As Ants Begin Relocating In Irish Houses

By Darragh Berry

May 9, 2018 at 1:25pm

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Apparently, the recent wet weather we've been having has been the perfect excuse for ants to relocate in our Irish homes. 

Ireland’s leading pest control provider, Rentokil, has released a survey outlining the top ten counties in Ireland with the highest ant infestations. 

Dublin is number one of the list, with nearly one-third of all their call outs going to homes in the capital and is followed closely by the Kingdom who is just a couple of percent off the top spot. 

The Top ten ant-infested counties are as follows:

  • Dublin - 29%
  • Kerry - 25%
  • Cork - 10%
  • Kildare - 7%
  • Galway - 5%
  • Tipperary - 4%
  • Wicklow - 4%
  • Waterford - 4%
  • Westmeath - 3%
  • Roscommon - 3%

Ants can relocate their entire colony in just one day so whether it's a shower or torrential, there's a good chance these creatures could nestle into your home.   

Technical Manager at Rentokil, Dr. Colm Moore, has given these tips as a must-guide for dealing with ants in your home. 

  • 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 - the entry points for ants by sealing all cracks and crevices around your doors and window frames.

As well as this, he stated that boiling water and/or vinegar will not get rid of ants so don't bother trying.

Something to keep in mind over the summer.

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