Ant Control | Pest Control Company serving Hereford & Worcester

Ant Control

 

Of all the pests out there, few come in as many varieties as the humble ant. But, if there’s one thing that they call have in common, it’s that ant colonies can be extremely difficult to get rid of.

And, when some ant infestations can even pose risks to the structure or those living inside of it, such as is the case with carpenter ants, moisture ants, and fire ants, getting rid of the infestation and implementing a quality ant control strategy as quickly as possible is crucial.

The Hidden Dangers of Ant Infestations

Unlike other pests like cockroaches and rats, ants don’t carry transmittable diseases so that’s one thing that you don’t have to worry about. But, don’t let that convince you that these insects aren’t dangerous or potentially risky for your business.

For starters, if you work in the food industry, a simple ant infestation will not only wind up costing you thousands of dollars in lost food products, it can also cause you to lose customers. This same risk also applies to those in the hospitality field, the healthcare field, and the pharmaceutical field.

Then, there are those ant species that do damage behind the scenes, like the carpenter ant and the moisture ant. These ants like to burrow into wood and should the colony become large enough, its activity could result in a wall or roof being weakened to the point of collapse.

How PGM Ant Control Service Works

Any time PGM Pest Management is brought in for an ant infestation case, we conduct a four-stage treatment process, which involves:

  • Inspection of the facility and identification of the ant infestation

  • Diagnosis of the factors that are causing and contributing to the ant problem

  • Consultation with you to determine the most effective approach to an ant-free environment

  • Treating the existing infestation and preventing future ant infestations using the right combination of insect management methods for your business and facility

 

PGM uses a variety of effective methods in order to eradicate the ant colony, including ultraviolet insect light traps (ILTs), bioremediation, drain cleaning, and more.

We also implement tactics to help protect against future infestations, including proper sanitation and exclusion practices such as screening/sealing potential insect entry points.

Ants

The common black ant, garden ant (Lasius Niger).

Habitat

They are a temperate species living in soil or in association with dwellings, for example:

  • Hereford residential properties

  • Hereford Hotels

  • Hereford Restaurants

  • Hereford farms and farmhouses

  • Hereford bed and breakfasts

  • Hereford schools

  • Hereford commercial properties

 

Their nests will be found in gardens, under paving stones, foundations of almost any building and occasionally within buildings.

There’s one queen per nest. The worker ants are very active, foraging on a wide range of foods. Nests survive many seasons. Flying ants start new nests each year.

Breeding

  • The life cycle is egg – larvae – pupa – adult

  • Eggs are laid by the queen

  • Larvae are legless grubs (fully grown in 2-3 weeks).

  • Pupa are (incorrectly) known as ant eggs

  • They develop in 2 weeks and are guarded by the workers

  • When adults the workers are dark brown / black in colour and around 3-5 mm long

  • The queen is winged at the first 12mm

  • The life span is several years

 

More Information

Foraging worker ants can be a nuisance within commercial or residential buildings but are very rarely a health risk.

They protect aphids that damage plants in the garden. Flying ants sometimes emerge in lage numbers near or inside property.

The other two main species of ant that may be found in the UK are Pharaoh’s Ant and the Ghost Ant. Both of the species are less common but can carry disease organisms. It is important to identify which ant species are present before you treat, remove or control your ant problem as the treatment will vary depending on the species of ant.

Control Measures

  • Usually only necessary when ants become an issue within a building

  • Proofing work, such as sealing entry points

  • Sprays and aerosols can be used and will deter entry points

  • Removal of food sources

  • Bendiocarb is very effective (sodium tetraborate also) but must be used by a trained professional

Inspect. Detect. Protect. The Right People, The Right Solutions.

A family run business, proud to say that we put our customers first.

 

Pest Control Services Hereford & Worcester

T: 01981 241334 | M: 07964 370480

contact@pgmpestcontrol.co.uk

 

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