Ants are incredibly hard working creatures with phenomenal strength in comparison to their size. They can lift over 50 x their body weight and have great stamina to match. They work incredibly hard to search for and ferry food back to their nest to ensure their survival. This is why you often see clusters of ants rather than single ones.
Whilst not physically dangerous, ant infestations are still a major nuisance. Once a full blown infestation has taken hold, it can be very tricky to remove them. But how do you know if you have an infestation or merely just a few passing ants?
The following guide will help you to determine whether you actually have an ant issue that needs dealing with.
Expert advice and tips below!
Ants' nests are generally found in soil outside, including your garden. Nests can survive for several years so it's imperative to treat it early if it's causing you a problem; destruction of the nest is key. Ants leave the nest to forage for food which is why you might spot ants in and around your home or business.
Inspection & Planing
Our expert British Pest Control Association (BPCA) Certified ant exterminator will survey your premises and determine how many nests you have as well as the ant species. They will then locate the nest's entry/exit points as this is paramount to controlling the infestation. Bait stations would be set up where deemed appropriate and if necessary, entry points would be sealed.
Further Action & Treatment:
Ants can require up to 3 treatments, depending on the species.
If ants are still active after the first treatment, this indicates a heavy infestation and further visits may be required.
Generally, only 1 treatment is required for garden ants.
Pharaoh ants require 3 treatments.
1) EXPOSED FOOD IS CRAWLING WITH ANTS:
Ants will sniff out any food that is exposed no matter where it is kept. They then alert the colony to the whereabouts of the food and before you know it, hundreds of worker ants are crawling all over it. To avoid this, store all leftovers in airtight containers/bags.
2) YOUR PET'S FOOD IS OVERRUN WITH ANTS:
Ants are not fussy and will chomp on whatever food source is available to them, including pet food. You may notice a trail of ants leading up to your pet bowl as well as ants on the food itself. Never leave your pet's food outside for long periods of time/after they have eaten as this will entice the ants.
3) STRAY ANTS:
Ants continuously scavenge for food and you may spot them in unconventional areas such as bedrooms or bathrooms. If you do come across any stray ants, it is highly likely that they are part of a much bigger infestation.
4) MOUNDS OF DIRT OUTSIDE:
It's very rare for ants to build their nest inside your home, but you can be guaranteed that their nest will be in a near by place such as in your garden. Look for mounds of dirt surrounded by ants, even if it's a few, as there will be many more underneath. Treat the nest accordingly and remember that there may be more than one nest.
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Ants in the United Kingdom can be a nuisance during summer as the species in general normally prefer warmer climates. Garden and black ants on the other hand can survive outside in cooler conditions and these are the ants that are most likely to invade your home.
Tropical ants such as pharaoh, rogers and ghost will only survive inside due to the warmth from heated buildings. These type of ants are rarer but despite this, are much more difficult to treat.
Luckily, ants are not known to carry any diseases, although its possible that they can still spread harmful germs.
The first step of ant eradication is to assess the infestation. If you've seen ants marching their way into your home take a moment to observe; follow their movements and backtrack to their nest. Once the nest is located, you should destroy it appropriately using ant killer.
You should watch the ants go back and forth to your property as it will help you to identify their entry points. You can then seal and fill as necessary to avoid re-entry.
You could set up some ant bait stations with sticky substances such as honey or fried foods laced in treatment as they will carry the posion back to their nests, potentially killing thousands. The station will initially attract a large number of ants but do not be alarmed! This is a good thing as more ants will ferry the poison back to the nest.
It takes time for the poison to completely eliminate the nest. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, the ants just won't go away. If you find that ants are still present after a couple of weeks then it's time to enlist the help of pest control specialists.
At Pestcure Ltd all of our technicians are (BPCA) British pest control association certified. We will solve your ant problem effectively, quickly, and safely.
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Preventing an ant problem before it occurs is the most effective step you can take to avoid a full blown infestation. There are a range of simple steps you can take to stop a colony of ants entering your home or business.
1) CHECK BUILDING STRUCTURES: Look for any possible vulnerabilities (holes or cracks) and pest proof your building. Use mortar/cement or mastic when appropriate.
2) USE BAIT: Ants are attracted to sweet sticky foods/liquids and they will enter your property in search for a meal. it's important to keep everywhere clean, but you tend to find them lurking in the kitchen where food is stored or prepared.
3) CLEANLINESS: Vaccume/sweep floor areas regularly, including under kitchen cuboards and appliances. Sanitise all areas throughout as it only takes one ant to alert the colony as to where the food source is and then you could end up with an ant problem.
A clean sanitised building is not so inviting for ants and if you cut their food source, you decrease the chances of getting them. some species of ants, especially the tropical specie type, are quite resilient and it can take many treatments to eradicate them.
4) CORRECT FOOD STORAGE: Food should be stored in airtight containers or sealed bags. Try to keep products stored away in cuboards and keep your fridge clean as some species can enter through the refrigerator seals.
5) PETS: Any scraps or leftovers should be disposed of immediately as pet foods attract a whole host of pests including ants. Ensure bowls are kept clean, especially after feeding.
6) SEAL ALL CRACKS AND CREVICES: These are all potential entry points; you can use products like sealant or acrylic to fill any gaps when appropriate. Also inspect around window and door frames.
7) KEEP YOUR GARDEN AREA IN CHECK: Ensure rubbish bins have tightly sealed lids and regularly clean your bins as leftover foods will attract ants as well as other pests.
8) ANT DETERRENTS: Natural repellents such as cinnamon, salt sodium, peppermint oil, bay leaves, vinegar, orange peels, cayenne peppers, whole cloves, mint, chalk, lemon, tea tree oil, lemon eucalyptus oil, neem oil, and coffee grounds can prevent or even remove ants. A combination of these products will be more effective at preventing an ant infestation.
9) CREATE A PHYSICAL BARRIER AROUND YOUR HOME: you can use natural solutions like salt, stopping them for entering and deterring them elsewhere.
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Ants will forage around your property looking for food. An infestation could consist of thousands of ants and whilst they are not known to directly carry disease, they could still leave traces of animal excretion in your home due to the distance outside that they cover.
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