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Ants Pest Control
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Protecting your Home or Premises from Ant invasions
(Commercial & Residential)
Ants are quite fascinating insects. The ant is considered one of the strongest creatures in the world. It can lift to 50 times its weight and if the object is heavier, they do teamwork. Ants are the longest-living insects, with the queens of some species reaching up to 30years-old. There are over 12,000 ant species in the world. They can be found on every continent except for Antarctica. They are social insects living in large colonies known as formicary. The largest known ant colony measures over 6,000 km in length. Known as the Argentine supercolony, it stretches from the Mediterranean coast of Italy to North-west Spain.
It’s not a surprise that these super insects can invade your house or property before you could even notice. If you have an ant problem, forget the DIY solutions or some magic vinegar potion you find online. Ants have been around for 80 million years, and this means that they survived the mass extinction event that ended the age of dinosaurs some 65 million years ago. It’s no wonder they can survive your homemade solutions.
Call professional experts like BioActive pest control instead.
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 is one such species that, once introduced into premises can be extremely troublesome and difficult to remove. The Black Garden Ant, Lasius niger, is another species that, although generally found outdoors, can enter buildings in search of sweet foodstuff.
Nuisance Factor – Ants
A single ant foraging for food and water makes its way into your kitchen, marks the trail with its scent, and goes away, only to return with hundreds of friends for a nice sugar feast on your food pantry. This is how something trivial like a single grows into a highway of hundreds of insects.
Ants are among the most persistent pests. They are encountered in all types of buildings including high-rises. Ants can crawl on any type of surface. They do it when looking for new food sources or when searching for a new place to nest. An average colony can have up to 100,000 ants. Ants usually create new satellite colonies where their initial colony reaches its maximum size.
Thus your new guests might be from a colony located somewhere close to your home, or they are living rent-free 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. Moreover, they can act as disease vectors 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. It gets even more difficult to control and eliminate if wrongly identified. Each species has different characteristics that define the method of pest control.
The most common ant species that are often found in residential and commercial properties in the UK are the Black Garden ants, Pharaoh’s ants, the Ghost ant, Roger’s ant, etc. They can infest different types of buildings.
The Pharaoh’s ants are the most difficult ants to control. They prefer to nest near sources of water and food. They can get almost into every type of facility and can survive pest control treatments. They will split anytime a treatment is done to keep the colony alive. Thus they can infest entire buildings. The Pharaoh’s ants prefer specific foods high in proteins and fat.
This is a reason why they often infest hospitals and other health care facilities where they can feed on blood, intravenous liquids, bodily excretions, and sterile and soiled dressings. The fact that they are associated with such unhygienic premises makes them not only a nuisance but also dangerous. They leave trails close to warm areas and their colonies can go over 300,000 ants.
Meanwhile, Black ants mass round sweet foods in the home but are a nuisance outside too. They cause damage to gardens and building structures. Garden ants are not as dangerous as the Pharaoh’s ants, but they too can cause food contamination.
Controlling Ants - How to get rid of ants
Control of ant infestations is not as easy as one might believe. Their nests are often located in inaccessible areas. Therefore, 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 place. BioActive pest control experts have the experience to identify ant infestation 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.
Allow up to two weeks for the treatment to take effect, 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.
After treatment let the spray dry, do not clean or wipe up any puddles, if bare skin touches wet surfaces wash off.
How to prevent 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
The body of the ant is divided into three main sections; head, thorax, and abdomen. These body parts are joined by very narrow waists. All ants have antennae that feature an elbow-like joint.
Pharaoh’s ants have biting mouthparts and a set of fore wings hooked to a pair of hind wings, although wings may not be present in all cases. Workers are 1.5 – 2mm long and yellow/brown. Males are 3mm long, black, and winged but do not fly. Queens are 3.5 – 5mm long, dark red with non-functional wings that are discarded after mating.
The Black worker ant is 3.4 – 5mm long and despite its name, is dark brown whilst the queen is typically 15mm long and mid-brown.
Ants Life Cycle from Egg to Worker
- Queen establishes a new nest in which to lay her eggs
- The eggs take between 1 – 4
weeks to hatch depending on the species
- The queen feeds larva until 10 – 14 days later they pupate
- The pupa emerge as adult worker ants in less than 2 weeks
- The first generation of worker ants will take over the running of the nest, tending the new larvae and queen as she continues to lay more eggs.
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