CORK accounts for the second highest number of call-outs for ant infestations, according to figures released by pest control company, Rentokil.
There was a 35% increase in call-outs regarding the pests compared to figures from last year. Most affected with ant infestations were Dublin, who accounted for 28% of call-outs nationwide, with Cork then second, being accountable for 18% of them.
While ants are mostly known to cause problems during the summertime, Met Éireann revealed that winter 2018 was the warmest in history since records began. The increased call-outs have been put down to warmer weather and Rentokil predict that this will continue as we feel the effects of Global Warming.
Richard Faulkner, Technical Field Consultant for Rentokil said: “While we typically receive most of our call-outs for ants during summertime, the unusually warm winter has resulted in increased infestations of this pest earlier in the year. One sign to look out for would be small piles of earth around holes in soil, and at the base of exterior walls, which indicate their nests.”
Faulkner provided tips on how to reduce the chances of ants entering your home:
"Clear up food and liquid spillages immediately. Sweep up any food crumbs from under your kitchen appliances and units. Block off the entry points for ants by sealing all cracks and crevices around your doors and window frames. In the garden, keep your compost enclosed and make sure all rubbish bins have tightly sealed lids."