Ant removal & control services
There are a number of different species of ant that can cause problems in the UK; the most common are the black ant and the garden ant, but it is not unheard of for people to report flying ant or tropical pharaoh ant infestations. The best solution is prevention, and there are a number of things you can do to prevent an ant infestation, including:
- - Properly sealing all opened food in airtight containers, including cupboard food.
- - Quickly cleaning up any food or drink spillages
- - Being sure to clean in hard to reach areas of your kitchen, such as underneath the cooker, fridge and freezer
- - Not leaving out any pet bowls
If ants do make it into your home or workplace, they will be looking for and attracted to foodstuffs (including any pet food), particularly those that are sweet and sticky. Initially, you can try to get rid of ants in your home yourself, using one of a number of widely available DIY solutions, including powders and bait stations. However, these are limited in their efficacy, and if you are suffering from a full-on infestation then total eradication is unlikely using these methods, as, in the interests of public health and safety, over the counter ant treatments are low concentration, and so not as effective as the treatments that professional, licensed exterminators have access to. Also, a trained pest controller will also have the knowledge and experience to apply these treatments to their fullest effect. The right treatment will depend on the species of ant, as their colony systems are quite different, and some can rebuild very quickly if not fully eradicated, which can exacerbate the problem rather than solve it - only an expert will be able to identify the species for you, so it is always advisable to seek professional help.
If you've noticed a few ants scurrying about on your floor, they're probably looking for food. This could be the first indicator of a larger infestation, especially if the queen ant has opted to establish her colony close to your home.
Food and liquid spills should be cleaned up right away. Even the tiniest crumbs will attract a swarm of ants to your house! Sugary snacks, sugar granules, and crumbs from biscuits, cakes, and other foods attract ants.
Remove any food crumbs from behind your kitchen appliances and cabinets. Ants are always on the lookout for food, and it only takes a few crumbs for them to alert their comrades to come and assist!
Keep food in airtight containers or bags and store it safely in cabinets or refrigerators, not out in the open. Ants aren't bothered by refrigerator seals! Fruit bowls containing fermented fruit should be emptied on a regular basis.
If you have a pet, make sure to clean up any leftovers right soon. Pet meals are also a source of food for ants, attracting them to your home. Also, remember to wipe the bowls after each usage.
Seal all gaps and crevices around your doors and window frames with silicone or acrylic if necessary to keep ants out. Check for leaks on a regular basis; ants will go to any length to grab that crumb!
In the garden, ensure sure all garbage cans have properly sealed lids; ants can quickly detect leftovers in your garbage cans and will not hesitate to investigate!
Ant Pest Controller and Removal
As a professional pest controller, Pestokil Pest Control Support has access to the most effective and up to date chemicals and solutions currently available. We use a range of thorough treatment methods, including baiting, and spraying all cracks and crevices, to achieve fast and lasting results.
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