Ant Pest Control
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Protecting Your Home Or Premises From Ant invasions (Commercial & Residential)
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Ants are the longest-living insects, with the queens of some species reaching up to 30 years-old. There are over 12,000 ant species in the world and they can be found on every continent except for Antarctica. They are social insects living in large colonies known as formicary.
It’s not a surprise that these super insects can invade your property before being noticed. If you have an ant problem, DIY solutions are unlikely to have any effect and calling a professional pest control company will ensure the problem is dealt with in an effective timely manner
Ants are ecologically beneficial, but when you find them inside a living or commercial area they are pests and pests need to be controlled. The Pharaoh’s Ant (Monomorium pharaonis) and The Black Garden Ant (Lasius niger) are common species in London, that once introduced into premises can be extremely difficult to remove.
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Ants Can Be A Nuisance
A single ant foraging for food and water will make its way into your kitchen, marking the trail with its scent. The ant will return with hundreds of other ants from the colony.
Ants are one of the most persistent pests and found in all types of buildings including high-rises and often enter properties when looking for new food sources or a new place to nest. An average colony can have up to 100,000 ants and usually create new satellite colonies where their initial colony reaches its maximum size.
A colony could be located outside or inside your property, living inside your walls, floors, ceilings, under foundations, electrical wall outlets, etc. They cause damage to wooden structures by hollowing out wood, insulation, and other materials. Ants can also help spread disease by contaminating food, water, and food-contact surfaces.
Given the large number of ants species, it’s difficult to tell them apart from each other. This means it can be difficult to control and eliminate them, if wrongly identified. Each species has different characteristics that define the method of pest control.
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How To Get Rid Of Ants & Controlling Them
Control of ant infestations is not as easy as it seems. Their nests are often located in inaccessible areas, which often means, the entire building would require treatment. Depending on the ant species toxic bait or sprays can be used. However, it is important to place or use them in the right places. BioActive pest control experts have the experience to identify ant infestations and provide pest control accordingly.
Ant infestations are treated using a modern biodegradable insecticide, this chemical is very safe and one of the best insecticides on the market. When the ants walk over the treated areas, on returning to their nest, they contaminate other ants and larvae, which in turn kills the nest.
Treatment generally takes around two weeks, longer if carried out before April or in cold weather. Occasionally ants will swarm after treatment (usually late summer) this will quickly die down as the swarming ants come into contact with treated surfaces.
Preventing Ant Infestations
- Make sure to store foodstuff properly in sealed areas
- Seal holes and any possible entrance points
- Don’t leave food leftovers out
- Clean spillages or breadcrumbs
- Ensure hygiene and good housekeeping in the kitchen and other food areas
- Keep the trash bin area clean and empty the bins regularly
Ant Pest Control FAQ
How can I stop ants being a problem?
Ants are attracyed to food so the first thing you need to do is make sure there is no scaps of food left lying around. For minor problems household insecticides can be at entry points to you property and around the nest (if it can be located). For more serious ant problems, a professional pest controller should be used.
How long does it take for ant pest control to work?
Ant pest control can take up to 2 weeks if carried out during warmer weather. In cold weather it can take up to 6 weeks. It’s important to not disturb the ants during treatment and there may be a burst of activity before the problem subsides.