Ants Pest Control

Ants Pest Control

Spotted a rogue ant or two traversing your baseboards or kitchen countertop? We hate to say it, but — there’s probably more where that came from. Foraging worker ants follow a trail of literal breadcrumbs with pheromone signals as road signs. They fan out for those minuscule morsels of food, particularly sweets, while their tunnels dry out your soil.

How did I get ants?

A sink of dirty dishes is an ant colony’s mecca. The same goes for rubbish bins, floor crumbs, countertop residue — anything they can feed on. What starts as a few exploratory foragers quickly becomes infestation nation. Ants will thrive in walls, lawns, home foundations, and any place that allows them to tunnel and eat.

How serious are ants?

While only a few species of ants directly transmit diseases, their bacterial baggage spreads to the pantries and countertops they invade. Carpenter ants are their own brand of havoc, chewing through wood beams and flooring, while fire ants incite allergic reaction with their sting. You want to curtail their invasion in advance. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Entry: Ants finesse their way through the teensiest openings in search of water or grease substances in food havens like your pantry or storeroom areas.

  • Scent trails: Once they locate the food source mother lode, ants signal their followers via pheromones and create an invisible trail for the rest of the colony to follow.

  • Nest locations:They nest anywhere — lawns, walls, stumps, and even under foundations.
  • Colony size: Colonies can number half a million and immediately relocate when disturbed or threatened.
  • Colony Lifetime: Workers live seven years, while a queen survives for as long as 15.
How do I get rid of ants?

Forget home remedies — every ant species is different, and demands different treatment. With do-it-yourself ant control, you’ll watch visible ants wither before your eyes, but you won’t kill the larger body safely nested in the walls or ground. Our technicians manage ants and similar pests by tailoring their treatment to your own singular situation. A truly effective ant treatment must penetrate and destroy the locus of the colony to prevent them from returning. Complete elimination requires an ongoing process, rather than a one-time treatment, but the breadth of a professional intervention will always out-perform store-bought sprays or lesser services.

The Ant Life Cycle

Over several weeks or months, an ant grows from egg to larvae to pupae, and finally, to a fully metamorphosed adult.

A female ant mates withs a male ant to become an egg-laying queen capable of founding her own colony. Fertile queens select a sheltered place to nest and produce ovular, half-millimeter eggs that are white and transparent.

The grub-like, legless larvae hatches after one to two weeks and voraciously feeds on foods and liquids provided by the adult ants.

Once the larvae molts and sheds their skin, they transform into pupae — usually white, but growing slowly darker as they age and mature.

At last the adult ant comes on the scene as either a queen, a workers or a male. Queens lay all the eggs in a colony, workers gather food and feed the larvae; and males mate with the queen.

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