If you think you’ve got ants in your house or business premises, and you need pest control in North London, contact us for a rapid response
The most prevalent species that invades properties is the black garden ant, which is actually very dark brown. They are highly organised social insects and it is the foraging worker ants that invade buildings in search of food. These are from 3 to 5mm in length and are attracted to sweet foodstuffs which they take back to the nest to feed the larvae and queen.
Pharaoh ants are smaller than their more common cousins, measuring around 2mm in length. They are typically light brown all over, although in some cases the rear of their bodies may be coloured a darker brown. It is not uncommon for pharaoh ants to spread to neighbouring properties.
How do you know if you have ants on your property?
If you see lots of ants inside your house or business premises, then you will know that you have a problem. If you find them in your kitchen, then the infestation must be dealt with quickly to avoid contamination. Outside, you may see small piles of earth around holes in soil, in the cracks between paving slabs and at the base of walls which indicate entry and exit points to the ants’ nest.
Why control Ants?
There are a few issues to consider if you discover an infestation:
- Although ants are not generally thought to carry diseases, they will travel long distances and may have trodden in a variety of contaminants before trailing them across your floors and walls
- Ants travel a long way and are attracted by food! If you run a restaurant, contaminated stock will need to be disposed of to meet strict UK health & safety standards
- Business reputations (and financial budgets) may suffer if large numbers of ants are seen on the premises or are found in an area that should be maintaining high levels of hygiene
- Pharaoh ants - Unlike the majority of other insect pest species, insecticides are not always a suitable treatment for control. This is because when they sense danger, they will split their colony off into smaller groups and disperse away from the threat. Since there are typically multiple queens in each nest, this behaviour won’t have any long-term impact on their chances of survival. Instead, they can stay hidden until the danger has passed, before regrouping with the rest of the colony. Pharaoh ants will often split into 'satellite' colonies and spread into neighbouring properties.
- Rather than attempting to directly poison the pharaoh we will instead often use a special formula gel and grain that prevents the ant larvae from maturing into adults. This also sterilizes the queens to stop them from breeding anymore. In this manner, the ant population will gradually drop off of its own accord. Using DIY sprays will always make the pest problem worse.
What Sparta Pest Control offer:
- Treatments are targeted to specific ant species so we can treat the problem safely.
- We won't need to use a chemical spray , so you won't have to leave your property during the treatment.