Effective Ant Control in London
There are many different species of ants ranging from the common black ant we are used to seeing in the UK through to Pharaohs ants which are most commonly found in hospitals and are very difficult although not impossible to treat.
The common black ant
The common black ant is often a problem for commercial kitchens in the summer that can offer them a plentiful supply of sweet substances.
One thing is certain, if your organisation or your business is being affected by ants, you should speak to a qualified and accredited Dyno-Pest surveyor. This is because ants occupy any suitable crevice and so are often deep within the foundations, wall cavities and the service ducting of your building. It’s near impossible for you to reach them and professional expertise and treatment is needed to treat and subsequently manage them.
Because Pharaoh ants require a minimum temperature of 18°C to breed, they inhabit boiler rooms and central heating pipe work. This means that buildings which have large boilers and hot water pipes such as hospitals, prisons, factories and tower blocks are especially susceptible to an infestation from Pharaoh ants. Although ants do not carry any specific diseases, they are excellent disease vectors and can wreak havoc in other ways. For example if you store foodstuffs, they can penetrate even the most robust packaging and so contaminate your stock. Pharaoh ants are usually controlled by juvenile growth hormone analogues which prevent the larvae from developing and, sterilise the winged males and queens.
“Power of 3” protection programme
Whilst it is impossible to guarantee that ants will never infest your premises again, Dyno-Pest’s ‘Power of 3’ protection programme can greatly reduce the risk:
- Ant risk assessment. Dyno-Pest surveyors will undertake a thorough assessment of your premises identifying risk hot spots that could lead to an infestation. There is no charge for this.
- Dyno-Pest technicians will recommend a preventative and management treatment regime which will include scheduled inspection visits.
- Training for your teams. Dyno-Pest technicians can train your team in how to identify the earliest signs of activity and how they can play their part by adjusting their habits.
Contact Dyno-Pest today if your business is being affected by ants and you want to find out more about Dyno-Pest’s approach to proactive pest management.
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Eradicating Ants for London homeowners
There are a number of different ants found in the UK so the first thing to do when confronted with an ant infestation is to identify the species. Any of these varieties pose a risk of contamination to surfaces or food after ants have walked across dirt or unhygienic surfaces before invading your home.They are particularly adept at gaining access to even tightly sealed jars and so can be a real nuisance in the home. In addition to this, some of the tropical species will also bite.
The ants most often seen are the worker garden ants which are approximately 4mm long and black or dark brown in colour. During mating season you may see swarms of “flying ants” – these are the fertile males and immature queens which breed in flight.
Pharaoh’s ants are tropical, originating in warm humid climates, so in the UK, they set-up home in buildings that cater for their need for warmth and moisture. They are different from the garden ant being smaller, around 1.5-2mm in length, and a yellowish-brown colour, sometimes with a reddish-brown abdomen.
In addition to the Pharaoh’s ant, there are a number of other tropical species now seen in the UK. The Ghost ant is around 1.5-2mm in length and has a pale, almost translucent body and legs with a dark head. Crazy ants are so-called because of their erratic and rapid behaviour, unlike other ants that normally move in methodical trails. These ants are black and approximately 2.5-3mm in length with very long legs and longer antennae than most ants. Roger’s ants differ from other ants in that they forage for live prey, especially silverfish or the larvae of little flies. They are a reddish-brown in colour, with male worker ants around 2-3mm long and winged females approximately 3.5mm in length. The Argentine ant is small and slender, around 3mm long and dark honey-coloured. A particularly aggressive and invasive species of ant, the Argentine ant is especially difficult to eradicate.
Combination of treatments
It is essential to identify which species you are dealing with before any treatment is carried out as tropical ants are particularly difficult to eradicate because of the nature of their colonies, having multiple queens and an ability to form new colonies once disturbed and scattered. For this reason, a do-it-yourself treatment will probably aggravate the situation and increase the level of infestation.
There are also a number of different types of insecticides and baits available that work in different ways and a professional Dyno-Pest technician will not only be able to identify the ants correctly, but also advise on the best method of treatment for the variety and the level of infestation.
Those products available to the average consumer may alleviate a small problem temporarily, but as ant nests can be very large, may not eradicate them totally.