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Ants

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Garden ants and Pharaoh ants are the 2 most common found in the United Kingdom. You will find information about Garden Ants on the back of this fact sheet.

Facts about pharaoh ants

The pharaoh ant is a tiny ant, dull-yellowish to light orange in colour and not much more than 1/16 in long.

They prefer warm areas for nesting. Nesting sites include dark voids such as walls, cracks in woodwork, stacks of paper, envelopes, under appliances and carpets. They are often found near moisture such as kitchens and bathrooms.

They travel from room to room within the walls along the plumbing pipes or electrical wiring.

Pharaoh ants are found where food is available. They will eat almost anything and can easily get in to unopened packages. Pharaoh ants trail each other and are attracted to greasy or fatty foods, meats, sugary foods, and other dead insects.

They are also attracted to freshly used bandages or soiled nappies. Because of their eating habits, they can contaminate food by wandering over it.

How can I get rid of them?

Treating for pharaoh ants yourself can make the problem worse. This is because if the ants are under attack they will split up and make several new colonies. A qualified pest controller should perform treatment.

Service we provide

A pest control officer will survey your property to see how bad the problem is. This will depend on how easily we can view the area where the ants are.

Advice on the necessary treatment will be given.

 Facts about garden ants

  • Garden ants are harmless and are not a public health pest
  • They usually make their nests outdoors in lawns, flowerbeds, beneath paving stones and at the base of walls. During summer, winged females (Queens) and males leave the nest on 1 or 2 warm afternoons and take flight. During this flight the ants mate. They sometimes fly inside buildings
  • Worker ants usually go in to houses for food. They like food that is sweet and sugary. When 1 ant finds food, there will soon be others and a trail of worker ants taking the food back to the nest

What can you do?

  • We recommend that householders should treat for garden ants themselves. If possible, trace the trail of worker ants to the nest. You can usually see the opening to the nest by small piles of fine earth surrounding the entrance. If you can, pour boiling water into the nest
  • If you cannot trace the nest, use an insecticidal dust or spray. The label should state that is for controlling crawling insects outside. Special attention should be paid to areas such as door frames, air bricks and waste pipes. Try to create an insecticidal barrier. If you find ants indoors, the same insecticide can be used. Insecticides containing Bendiocarb are usually found to be the most effective, but please make sure that:
    • You follow the instructions on the label carefully
    • You take care not to contaminate food with insecticide

The product clearly states that it is suitable for use in and around the home

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