Do you have a problem with ants? There are a number of different species of ant in the UK, we typically see two species the blank ant and the Pharaoh which cause the majority of pest problems. Ants are organised social insects, nests are centred around one reproductive female called a queen. The foraging workers invade buildings in search of food which they then take back to their nest to feed the larvae and queen.
Black ants usually nest outdoors, although they are not a health hazard they can find their way into homes and buildings in large numbers. They enter through small gaps in the masonry, doors and windows to forage for food. Ants will eat almost anything and can easily get into cupboards and unopened packages. They are attracted to sweet, sugary foods, meats, fatty foods and other dead insects. They present a hazard in that they can contaminate food and surfaces by wandering over them.
Pharaoh ants are a small tropical species, the queen is usually between 3 and 4mm long and the workers around 2mm. They can be distinguished by their distinctive double waist markings. They are pale yellow in colour with darker red and black markings on their abdomens. Pharaoh ants are increasingly becoming a problem in larger buildings with central heating such as commercial buildings, flats and hospitals, they do pose a threat to health.
We provide effective solutions to control ant colonies that can only be used by qualified pest controllers, as well as providing advice on how to prevent or reduce the risk of further re-infestations.