Ant control in Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham and Maidenhead All types of ants treated; garden ants, pharaoh ants, argentine ants and ghost ants
I know very little about ants, where do they come from?
The Black Garden ant is our native species and the most commonly encountered when they invade our homes and workplaces during the summer, the Queens all emerge in one go and this often results in callouts for ant control but this activity is short lived and not a cause for concern.
What other ants are there and where do they come from?
Other ants include Pharaohs ants which over the last few years have become a major pest associated with hospitals and large housing blocks, Pharaohs ants contain multiple numbers of Queens meaning that when under stress, groups of workers will detach or 'bud' off to form a separate colony, these buds mean that a large area can quickly become infested and can be extremely difficult to control.
Other types of ants now commonly found in the United Kingdom are: Ghost ants and Argentine ants. These are often found in buildings which are kept at a warm stable temperature and again they have unusual habits; argentine ants will not attack other groups of the same species and they form mutual "super colonies" that can stretch for hundreds of miles.
Asian ants known as fire ants have a habit of infesting electrical junction boxes and they will chew through wiring insulation causing blackouts and even fires, if killed the ant releases an 'alarm' pheromone which has the effect of attracting the other ants to the site where sheer numbers may cause a short circuit. Other ants that have a particular attraction to electricity are the South American raspberry crazy ant.
All ants have the capability to travel easily in trade goods, in suitcases of tourists and in the structures of ships and planes, Argentine ants can even squirm under the top of a screw top jar and follow the thread into the interior. Crazy ants, Big Headed ants and Rogers ants are all imported into the country and although they cannot survive outside when we have a harsh winter, the far South of England does have the occasional outbreak.
Do ants bite or sting?
Ants such as the fire ants can pack a powerful sting, they are also a potential vector for disease as well as the general nuisance factor.
How do you treat ants can I use ant powder?
Differing species need tailored treatments, in the case of Pharoah ants using ant powder will make things worse as the workers will become stressed and bud off to form more colonies. These tiny ants have a unique way of manipulating the eggs to produce a new Queen instead of a worker; this means a small group with just a few eggs can form a new colony independent to their original. Ant treatments should be thorough and complete at all nesting sites.
We have ants in our premises at work, should I be concerned?
The obvious answer is yes as The Food Safety Act and the Food Hygiene Regulations state food preparation, storage or production businesses must comply with rules relating to pest infestation and ants can be a significant problem in these premises.
Can we help you?
All Aspects Pest Control Reading provides a free telephone consultation if you think you have a ant infestation and we will provide detailed reporting systems to include COSHH assessments, monitoring reports, and hygiene, housekeeping and proofing recommendations. All our technicians are trained and certified to provide the best pest control solution.