Ants in the House
Apr 22 in Ant Problems
The most often seen species of Ant is the Black Garden Ant. Ants seen foraging in homes will be the workers seeking sweet items to take back to feed to the Queen and the larvae in the nest colony. These colonies can range in size from a few dozen to a million in large wide spreading nests. Ants have spread to most areas on Earth and are well known for their social structure.
Biology and behaviour
Ants are part of the Hymoneptra order, which includes bees and wasps. Ant bodies follow the same build of head, body and thorax. They communicate with a combination of pheromones, smell and touch.
Flying ants are the reproductive males and females and will be seen in mating dances in July and August for a few days. The female will then seek a nest site where she will lay eggs in the spring to hatch and start a new colony. The nest building can be subterranean, under stones or logs and uses plant matter and soil.
Treatment of Ants
Ants can be a nuisance in sufficient numbers, for this reason we can treat them. We will treat the infested and surrounding areas with one (or all) of the following insecticide sprays: Effect Microtech CS’ which contains Permethrin, HSE Number 6287 and made by Sorex, Ficam W which contains the insecticide Bendiocarb or K-Othrine WG250, HSE Number 5390 which contains deltamethrin 25%.
The technician may instead, or in combination use baits. These will be either Digrain Ant Gel & is made my Lodi & contains Permethrin or Advion Ant Gel which contains Indoxacarb. These insecticides are the most modern insecticides available. Ficam may also be used in a powder formulation called Ficam D. All insecticides we use are biodegradable, almost odourless, non tainting and they do not corrode or stain.
The inside and outside areas would have been treated as the nests are usually outside but the insects may swarm or forage for food inside. A band of insecticide would be sprayed around windows, doors and walls to keep them from entering. The ants will walk over the treated areas and return to the nest touching other ants and larvae with their contaminated bodies which passes on enough insecticide to kill the nest or nests. This can take up to 2 weeks dependant on weather the activity may continue sporadically for up to 6 weeks. Immediate improvement is always noticeable but we ask that you do not wash down or vacuum treated areas for at least 2 months. Washing & vacuuming will break down the insecticides. The baits will work in a similar fashion but may take slightly longer to work.
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For more information on ants and other pests please visit the BPCA.