Pest Control News

Monday, 6 June 2016

Hello Summer – Hello Ants!

Hello Summer – Hello Ants!
As well as wasps, the summer months can bring an influx of ants into your garden and, if you are unlucky enough, into your home too.
Although ants are generally harmless, you don’t necessarily want to share your home with them. This practical guide tells you about ants and how to get rid of them…
Did you know…?
  • There are 12,000 documented species of ant around the world? – and possibly more to find.
  • Ants are incredibly strong? - they can lift 20 times their own body weight
  • They don’t have ears?  - they hear by sensing vibrations in the ground with their feet
  • They don’t have lungs?  - they breathe in oxygen through tiny holes across their body
The most common UK ant is…
The garden or black ant, which is actually dark brown in colour. They measure between 3 and 9mm, have three pairs of legs and a body that is divided into three sections. 
They have structure and discipline in the colony too, which when you consider that one colony can contain thousands, if not millions of ants, you can understand why.
As they forage for food, an ant will leave a pheromone trail, an undetectable scent to us but one that other ants can smell. If and when they find food, all the other ants will follow this trail straight to the food source, which is why you find them marching along your worktop in a single file order!
Ants love sugar!
Ants are omnivorous, meaning they will eat any kind of edible substance that they can find, including food that is both plant and animal in origin. But they really love sweet, sugary foods.
But they also need water to survive so where you see ants, you know there is ample water close by and plenty of food too. 
Ants will enter a home looking for uncovered food, including pet food, as well as grabbing the small scarps and dust in empty food containers. 
They don’t really like living in our homes, preferring lawns, gardens, underneath paving stones although they will also live in the base of walls. 
Are they harmful?
In the UK, most ants are considered harmless but clearly, you don’t want thousands of ants crawling across your worktop, food and so on. They will contaminate foodstuff which is why when a food preparation or food service business come across an ant problem, they will always try to resolve it as quickly as possible.
Getting rid of ants need not be difficult, if you know where the ant colony is. Sometimes, it can take some finding as they can travel a fair distance from their home to find food. 

If you keep having an ant problem, and feel you need professional help and advice, as a local pest control company, we can respond to your call the same day.