Get Rid of Ants | Ant Removal Specialists
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Why have ants invaded my home?
Ants only invade properties in search of food, water or shelter, and when they do invade it’s usually in huge numbers.
An invasion of ants starts with just one ant wandering into your home through a tiny crack, scouting for food. If it finds food, especially anything sweet, it’ll take it back to its nest to store for future consumption. The ant will do the same with water which it can source from a pet’s water bowl or a potted plant.
The ant leaves behind a scent trail to mark the way to the food or water source. This trail will be followed by other ants from its colony and soon hundreds of ants will be marching into your kitchen, single file, resulting in a massive infestation very quickly.
While not a risk to human health, ants can be present in sufficient numbers to cause a nuisance.
Why use a professional company to remove ants?
If you already have an ant infestation and measures to deter the ants aren’t working then it’s time to call us. The ants will almost certainly be coming from several nests so locating one nest and destroying that will have a limited effect.
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 technicians are trained to understand signs of ants’ activity which enables them to determine the access points inside your property and to locate the access points to the nest of the main colony. They will place bait and spray these areas. Spray will also be applied along the trail of ants and surrounding areas as well as around windows, doors and walls. The technicians will also spray outside along the trail of ants and around the access points to the nest.
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. Do not disturb the ants during treatment. There may be a burst of activity before the problem subsides.
What preparation do I need to make prior to treatment?
Do not disturb any ant nests and do not clear any cupboards so our technicians can see the signs of the ants’ activity.
What do I do after treatment?
- Immediately after treatment let the spray dry; do not clean or wipe up any puddles
- Do not touch the treated surfaces or let pets into the treated area until dry
- If you do get the insecticide on your skin wash it off immediately
- Do not wash, clean or vacuum treated surfaces for at least 2-months
PEST UK’s guarantee
This treatment is guaranteed for interior areas only for one month after the treatment, provided preparation and aftercare has been adhered to.
Insecticide x1 spray and/or bait from £85 +VAT non-city and from £90 +VAT city
What products do we use?
Effect Microtech CS Permethrin 8% w/w HSE 9401
K-Othrine WG250 Deltamethrin 25% w/w HSE 8092
Ficam D Bendiocarb 1% w/w HSE 4829
Advion Ant Gel Indoxacarb 0.05% w/w
All insecticides are biodegradable, almost odourless, non-tainting and do not corrode or stain.
PEST UK are a member of the BPCA (British Pest Control Association)
In the UK there are a quadrillion ants which means there are 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 as a group.
How do ants live and reproduce?
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 nests, forage for food and and care for the young. Colonies can reach 15,000 ants although most average around 7,000. A colony’s ants live in nests in the soil and are often found in flower beds and under patio slabs. A colony may comprise of several nests.
Flying ants are just normal ants with wings. They swarm during hot and humid weather for a few hours or a few days so that male ants can mate with queens from a different colony. The larger ants are the queens which can be up to 15mm long. After mating the queens chew off their wings and look for a suitable site to nest and set up a new colony.
How do ants communicate?
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.
Do ants bite or sting?
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.