Pest Control 24-7 specialise in dealing with pest problems quickly and discreetly covering Dorset.
Ants are a very common pest in the UK. Based in Dorset, Pest Control 24-7 have become one of the leading pest control company in the area.
We have successfully treated hundreds of infestations and now are the preferred pest control company for total ant control and eradication.
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The reason for an ant infestation in our living and working areas is pretty simple. ANTS LOVE FOOD!
Our cupboards are their dinner tables, basically we put the food on the plate for these little critters.
Although ants do not necessarily carry diseases they create a risk of contaminating your food stuffs. They walk across many surfaces before they reach your cupboard and thus, an infestation can be considered unhygienic. If you have ever found ants in sealed containers then you will realise that they are pretty adept at gaining entry to the trickiest of jars. In addition to the unhygienic problems that occur, some species of tropical ant are known to bite when aggravated.
It is essential that correct identification of the species is undertaken.
This is particularly relevant when considering the eradication of the tropical species.
Different species have different colony and caste systems. Some have multiple queens and are effective at rebuilding scattered colonies quickly.
If a home treatment is used before proper identification is carried out, you may exacerbate the situation and create multiple colonies.
Ants come into your home looking for food and are attracted to the foodstuff we keep in our kitchens, particularly the sweet and sticky substances. You should take measures to ensure your food containers are adequately sealed. Also try to restrict the amount of food left in open packets in the cupboards.
In addition, ensure you clean up spills and leakages as quickly as you can.
Pay special attention to out of the way areas such as under cookers or white goods appliances. Your pet’s food is at as much risk of contamination as human food so clear away their bowls as soon as possible.
The treatments we employ, spraying cracks and crevices and laying bait, obtain the quickest results. Our ant eradication service is guaranteed.
THE GARDEN ANT
Typical worker ants are 3-4mm long of a brown/black colour with elbowed antennae and biting mouth parts. The queen ant tends to be much larger at about 10mm. Garden ants usually nest outdoors in lawns, flower beds, beneath paving flags and at the base of walls. Premises are usually invaded by worker ants foraging for food, especially sweet foods. During summer, winged Queens and males leave the ants nest on one or two warm afternoons and take flight. During this flight, which may only last for 2- 3 hours, the ant’s mate. The formation of a new colony starts with a mated winged female digging into the earth over winter to start a new colony in the spring.
THE PHARAOH ANT
The Pharaoh’s ant is a small ant of tropical origin. The workers are only 2mm long, whilst the queen is a little larger at 5mm. However, both are yellow in colour. The ant has a characteristic double segmented waist and a darkened tip to the abdomen.
In temperate climates it is an indoor species, associated particularly with large facilities such as hospitals, prisons and blocks of flats. Unlike some other ant species, the queen may be replaced by other queens. This is an important feature to bear in mind during control, as new queens can be produced when needed resulting in colonies which are able to split.
Within medical treatment and food facilities, pharaoh ants are known to transmit organisms such as Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Clostridium and Streptococcus