Ants are social insects and live in colonies, under the central control of a single ant, known as the Queen. The three most common household ants in Singapore are Ghost Ants, Pharaoh’s Ants, and Crazy Ants.

Do not despise and look down on this small insect. Did you know that ant can actually carry an object that is more than 100 times its body weight? The ant is able to change the size and shape of the pads on their feet, depending on the load that they carry. This allows them to
increase stability with an increase of surface area contact with the ground.

Other than marveling at this fact, one has to know that ants are pests. At the slightest detection of anything sweet present in the house, they would come in swarms. They are a general nuisance and their bites could leave your skin itching and swollen for few days. However, most
household ants do not bite.

Management Strategies



Bait is applied in strategic areas (e.g., electrical boxes, food preparation areas, etc.). Foraging ants that feed on it will bring the poison food back to their nests and share it with other colony members.
A residual insecticide is sprayed along the perimeter of the premises to prevent ants from entering.

Preventive Measures

  • Clean up interior and exterior premises on a frequent and regular basis.
  • Wash dishes and cooking utensils immediately after use.
  • Clean up food sources such as crumbs and spills right away.
  • Store food in thick plastic/metal containers with tight lids including pet foods. Place them in designated areas.
  • Dispose of garbage, trash, waste, edible, or otherwise correctly on a frequent and regular basis.
  • Empty and clean garbage cans and dumpsters regularly.
  • Eliminate sources of water/moisture (e.g., repair and fix water leakages).
  • Seal cracks, crevices, voids, gaps, holes, and wherever they may enter/hide.
  • Trim tree branches and remove mounds of soil and debris that touch the walls/roofs of the premises.

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