How to get rid of Ants
Ants are a nuisance when they get into your home, however Garden or Black ants (Lasius niger) are not thought to carry diseases. That said, you cannot know where they were foraging before they come into your home and food cupboards. Treatments by our BPCA certified technicians are targeted to your specific ant species in order to solve the problem quickly, whilst ensuring the safety of your family and pets.
Ants in the house or garden
There are thousands of ant species, but here are some you are more likely to find in the UK.
Garden or Black ants
- Attracted to sweet foods, leaving a pheromone trail from nest to food source
- Worker ants are 3-5 mm in size
- Queens lay eggs in nests in soil, brickwork or under bark
- Swarm annually (August) with young queens setting up new colonies
- Yellow - brown colour
- Small in size - workers are 1-2 mm and queens up to 6 mm
- Feed on decomposing protein rich foods, spreading harmful germs
- Tropical, need heat to survive; found in large heated buildings - flats, apartments, hotels
- Reddish - brown colour
- Live in colonies of up to 100,000 ants
- Build nest mounds up to 40cm high in sunny, open spaces
- Aggressive if aggravated - inflicting a painful sting
- Dark heads with pale translucent legs and body
- Like sweet foods but also feed on grease
- Need humidity, so found in kitchens and bathroom cabinets
- Smell similar to coconut when crushed
How to get rid of ants in the home
The majority of ants will only come into your home looking for food. Most are attracted to sweet and sticky substances, which is why you will find ants in kitchen cupboards or areas where food is kept. Ensure there is nothing easily available to attract them into your home:
- Cover food - you do not know where ants have been before they crawl across your food!
- Clear up food and liquid spillages immediately
- Remove food debris from under kitchen appliances and units
- Store foodstuff in airtight containers where possible
- Clear away your pet's food immediately after feeding
- Prevent ants from entering by sealing cracks and crevices in doors and window frames
In the garden, keep compost enclosed and make sure all rubbish bins have tightly sealed lids.
DIY Products, such as ant killer gel, may deal with small garden ant problems. However, larger or multiple infestations of Pharaoh's, Ghost or Fire ants will require professional ant control to ensure it will not reoccur.
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