Getting rid of ants is not always easy. Black ants are found all over the UK, and although they nest outdoors you may find them inside your house foraging for food. They are attracted to fatty food, meat, sugary food and other dead insects, but will eat almost anything. Ants will often trail each other and can easily get into cupboards and unopened packages.
Black and garden ants
Black and garden ants are the most common type of ants found in the UK. They are dark coloured, around 4mm long and the most likely ant culprits you’ll find in your home. The foraging worker ants invade buildings looking for sugary food to take back to their queen and her larvae. Colonies are often built inside property walls because the sand used in house foundations make excellent sites for nests.
The flying ants that you see for a few days in July or August are reproductive males and females. Mating takes place in the air before the female ant finds a nest site where she stays for the winter, laying eggs the following spring to start up a new colony.
Pharaoh ants are a public health risk because they can contaminate food. They are a small, tropical species of ant that are a yellow-brown colour and around 2mm long. Pharaoh ants are found in large, heated buildings, especially hospitals and blocks of flats. They can be a problem for businesses working with food such as restaurants, kitchens, bars and pubs because they are attracted to greasy and fatty food, meat, sugary food and other dead insects. Once a colony of pharaoh ants has formed they can be very difficult to get rid of. However a professional pest control company like Masons Pest Control can deal with pharaoh ant invasions quickly and safely.
Ghost ants are also considered a public health risk, and are becoming more common in heated buildings. They are a similar size to pharaoh’s ants and are pale coloured with a dark thorax and head.
The best way to get rid of ants
Black and garden ant infestations can sometimes be dealt with by pouring hot water into their nests or using a shop-bought ant powder. However the most effective, safe way to get rid of an ant infestation is to call a pest control company like Masons Pest Control, particularly if you’re dealing with pharaoh or ghost ants which can cause a public health risk. For free, friendly advice about ant infestations and how to deal with them, call or email Masons Pest Control today.