Get Rid of Ants - PEST UK

Providing pest control services in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, London, Middlesex, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, West Midlands, West Sussex, Wiltshire. Est. 1985.

Get Rid of Ants

Prices from £90 +VAT

To get rid of ants from your home or business premises call 0800 026 0308

How much does it cost to get rid of ants?

Insecticide spray and/or bait application from £90 +VAT

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Guarantee

This treatment is guaranteed for interior areas only for 1-month after the treatment, provided preparation and aftercare have been adhered to.

Ants cause a nuisance by invading properties in huge numbers. They can be a risk to human health as they carry bacteria, pathogens and parasites on their bodies, potentially transferring them to food preparation surfaces and stored food items in homes, restaurants and food processing facilities.

As the weather becomes warmer in April and May ants have more energy and start to forage for food and reproduce. A colony may comprise of several nests in the soil in flower beds and under patio slabs.

They only enter properties in search of food or water. They can get through the tiniest crack or gap around a window, door or the foundations. They are particularly attracted to anything sweet so keep the floor clear of spills and crumbs. A pet’s water bowl or a potted plant are a source of water. Ants leave behind a pheromone trail to mark the way to the food or water source. This trail will be followed by other ants from the colony and soon hundreds of ants will be marching into your home resulting in a massive infestation very quickly.

Damage caused by ants

Ants de-stabilise patios by tunnelling through the sand under paving slabs and make it easy for weeds and moss to grow between them. They damage garden plants and agricultural crops by feeding on seeds, fruits and young shoots which lead to stunted plant growth and reduced yields.

Why use a professional company to remove ants?

Ants colonies grow at a rapid rate during the summer and have to create new nests to accommodate the growing population. If you have an infestation and measures to deter the ants aren’t working then it’s time to call us. Our technicians are trained to understand signs of ants’ activity to locate entrance points to the nest of the main colony and identify access points inside your property. They will know which treatment will be most effective in your situation.

Preparation you must undertake prior to treatment

  • Don’t disturb ant nests so our technicians can see the signs of the ants’ activity.
  • Drawers and cupboards where you’ve seen ants must be emptied and vacuumed or wiped down to remove dust so that we can carry out the treatment efficiently.
  • Carpets and flooring where you’ve seen ants must be vacuumed.

Aftercare

  • Immediately after treatment let the spray dry; don’t clean or wipe up any puddles.
  • Reduce the humidity by opening windows and increase the heat to allow the treatment to work most effectively.
  • Don’t touch the treated surfaces or let pets into the treated area until dry.
  • If you do get insecticide on your skin wash it off immediately.
  • Leave ant gel bait in place until ant activity ceases.
  • Don’t wash, clean or vacuum treated surfaces for at least 2-months.

Please be aware that you may see flying ants* for a short period after treatment as a result of their nest being disturbed.

How our treatment works

The objective of our treatment is to kill the queen to stop the colony reproducing and getting larger. To do this we use bait and insecticide sprays designed to contaminate the ants which come into contact with the treated surfaces. The ants don’t die instantly so that when they return to their nests they contaminate the other ants and larvae and eventually they all die.

Our technician will identify the access points inside your property and locate the access points to the nest of the main colony. They will place bait and spray these areas as well as around windows, doors and walls and along the trail of ants and surrounding areas.

Eradicating the ants may take up to 2-weeks if treatment is carried out during warmer weather; in cold weather it may take up to 6-weeks as the ants will be sporadically active. Don’t disturb the ants during treatment. There may be a burst of activity before the problem subsides. Immediate improvement is always noticeable but don’t wash down or vacuum treated areas for at least 2-months.

Products we use

The technician will state which insecticide has been used on the report they give you after they have completed the treatment. Click each product to access its safety data sheet. All insecticides are biodegradable, almost odourless, non-tainting and don’t corrode or stain.

Product to purchase from our online shop

We don’t guarantee the effectiveness of the products listed below. Efficacy depends on how and where the product is applied and we recommend you use one of Pest UK’s experienced technicians to treat your ant problem.

Outcast Ant Station

Ready-to-use ant bait station, pre-filled with a gel that combines an ingredient that attracts ants and a slow-acting ingredient that kills ants. This gives the ants time to take the gel back to their colony and kill other ants. Safe to use both indoors and outdoors.

Buy Outcast Ant Stations from our online shop 

Price for x3 x4g ant bait stations £10.44 including VAT + Shipping £10.00

Vazor® ICE

Vazor® ICE produces a freezing spray-jet of below -40ºC that eliminates most crawling and flying insects quickly and efficiently upon direct contact. It does not contain insecticides and leaves no residue.

Buy Vazor® ICE from our online shop

Price for x1 x500ml Vazor® ICE £23.22 including VAT + Shipping £10.00

Vazor® DE Powder

Vazor® DE Powder contains amorphous silica which acts on the outer layer of the cuticle of any insect that comes into direct contact. The outer, protective coating of the insect is disrupted and the insect dies.

Buy Vazor® DE Powder from our online shop

Prices
Vazor® DE Powder 200g puffer pack £17.82 including VAT + Shipping £10.00
Vazor® DE Powder 500ml aerosol £30.42including VAT + Shipping £10.00
Vazor® DE Powder 2kg tub £41.04 including VAT + Shipping £10.00

Facts about ants

  • In the UK there are a quadrillion ants which is more than one million ants per person. There are over 12,000 ant species worldwide. Over 50 species are found in the UK, of which the most common are the black garden ant, yellow meadow ant, red ant and wood ant.
  • The ant is one of the world’s strongest creatures in relation to its size. A single ant can carry 50 times its own bodyweight. The ants often work together to move bigger objects.
  • Ants communicate with other ants by sending chemical signals, “pheromones”, released through their body to send messages. This includes warnings when danger is near, leaving trails leading to food sources and to attract a mate. Ants don’t have ears so they “listen” by feeling vibrations from the ground through their feet.
  • In the UK, ant bites and stings are generally harmless. All species of ants have mandibles, which means that theoretically all of them can ‘bite’. The bite is actually the ant pinching your skin between their mandibles. The burning sensation or ‘sting’ is caused by the ant releasing a small spurt of acidic venom from its mouth. This can cause a small swelling or blister. Ants only bite and sting when they feel threatened.
  • Ants are social insects which live in colonies. A colony, also called a formicary, is made up of one or more egg-laying queens and a large amount of female “worker” ants who tend to her, build and maintain the nest, forage for food and and care for the young. Colonies can reach 20,000 ants although most average around 7,000. A colony may comprise of several nests in the soil in flower beds and under patio slabs.
  • Flying ants* are new queens and male ants which grow wings to swarm for a few hours and mate when weather conditions are hot and humid. This occurs at different times around the country between June and the start of September. A swarm allows the new queens to leave the old colony and find a site to start building a nest to begin a new colony. Males are only produced during flying ant season. Their sole reason for existence is to mate with new queens and they die within a day or two of mating. The larger flying ants are the queens and can be up to 15mm long. A queen mates with several male ants from a different colony and afterwards chews off her wings.  A swarm of flying ants is also likely to occur when a nest has been disturbed.