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Ants

Best pest control for ants – Get rid of ants immediately!

Ants are tiny in size, but they can be a huge nuisance in and around the work place as they search for food and shelter. Although they are generally considered beneficial, several species contaminate food, damage structures, bite or sting.

 

The most common ant species; the Garden Ant, is not thought to carry disease. However, considering that ants frequently travel through unsanitary areas before they end up on your work surfces, you should take steps to get rid of ants at the first sign of an ant problem and keep these pests away.

Types of ant problems

There are many different ant species, but the most common ants are: 

  • Garden Ants are small black ants and are attracted to sweet foods and leave a pheromone trail back to their nests for other ants to follow to the food source, which is how these ants can be a nuisance in the work place.
  • Pharoah’s Ants are yellow-brown in colour. Pharoah’s Ants originate from the tropics and require artificial heat in order to survive and reproduce. An ant infestation therefore usually takes place in heated buildings such as hospitals, hotels, office blocks and flats. The Pharoah’s Ant’s diet consists largely of decomposing foodstuffs and it carries harmful germs, picked up from where it has been feeding.
  • Red Fire Ants are reddish brown in colour and live in colonies of up to 100,000 or more! Fire ants build mounds of up to 60cm high to live in and these are usually built in open, sunny spaces. Fire ants sting both animals and humans and their sting is extremely painful.

Ants

Ants

Ant treatment

Usually ants nest outdoors but sometimes they build nests in wall cavities, under houses and in roofs. Woodpiles, paved areas, water features and pebble beds are also ant friendly, providing ants with food, water and shelter. Ants have even been found to build nests in computers! The best way to prevent ants from invading your environment is to locate and destroy their nest.

 

Ant treatment is normally a once off with a follow-up if necessary.

Ant Facts
  • Ants are social insects and live in colonies.
  • Usually there are 3 distinct castes: workers, queens and males. Some species also have “soldiers”.
  • Ants are one of the more difficult household pests to control.
  • Nests are mainly outdoors
  • Damage to dwellings from ants is caused over a long period of time through soil removal from paving, walls, foundations etc.
  • Different foodstuffs may attract different species of ant.