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Thursday, 25 June 2015

Ant Infestation Information Kent

Ant Infestation Information

Ants, like Silverfish and the common moth, present very little hazard or danger to human health. That said, however, no one likes the idea of sharing their home with any welcome pest, harmless ant or otherwise.
As the warmer months of spring give way to the hotter temperatures of summer, you could find a colony of ants has taken up residence in the most inconvenient of places - your porch for example, or place so close to your property that before you know it, you have an orderly line of marching ants in your home on the search for sugar rich food.

The 2 types of ant in the UK

There are hundreds, if not thousands of different species and sub-species of ant. Some deliver a nasty sting, whilst others a paralysing bite. Fortunately, these types of ants are by no means common or present in the UK; the ones on our shores tend to be nothing more than a nuisance, but in big numbers.
However, there is one thing common to all ants, regardless of whether they are the gentle insects in the UK or not - they all seek and need warmth. When the cold British winter hits, ants retreat to the warmth of underground where they stay until spring. Popping their head out in December would mean instant death.
In the UK, the two common ants are the black or garden ant, and Pharaoh’s ant. Out of the two, Pharaoh’s ant is the one that scuttles about over food waste and so, hence when you see these marching across your work surfaces, you need to be rid as soon as possible.

·      The black or common garden ant

Two to 12mm in length, the worker ants tend to be on the small size, with only the queen ant reaching 12mm in length. The workers are lighter brown in colour, with the queen being a regal, dark brown. Nesting outdoors, garden ant colonies can often be found under patios, in garden walls and so.
They are constantly searching for supplies of food and water to feed the ever expanding colony. This search often takes them into domestic dwellings but, in the main, they require little control until they start to become a nuisance indoors.
In the colony there is only 1 queen that reproduces around 5,000 ants in her lifetime; not many people realise that this queen can live up to 12 years. From egg to ant takes 50 to 70 days.

·      Pharaoh’s Ant

These ants are smaller, with the workers being between 1.5mm and 2mm and a yellow/brown in colour. The queens tend to be larger, measuring anything from 3.6mm to 5mm in length, and are dark red in colour. Despite being winged insects, they do not fly and have three distinct parts that make up their body.
Enjoying warm, humid conditions, these ants have a habit of invading buildings, and can commonly be found in apartment blocks, hospitals, and food handling premises and so on.
These ants do not live in one large colony as such, but have ‘satellite’ colonies that foraging workers establish in order for the brood to mature and then search for food. With a lifecycle up to 45 days, these workers never stops foraging.
The queen is far more fertile in her early years, laying batches of eggs constantly through her lifetime but, as she ages, the amount of eggs laid per batch begin to decrease.

Although ants are not dangerous, you don’t want to share your home with them. In some cases, you may not be destroying the main nest but a professional pest controller, deft at understand the habits of ants will now exactly where to look.