One ant can quickly become a hundred. Squash and spray them all you like, without finding and eliminating the nests and sealing up their access points, ants will be a constant nuisance.
The warm, food-packed homes and businesses in London make ideal homes and hunting grounds for many species of ant, from the common black garden ant to invasive tropical species that provide a challenge for even the most experienced pest control team.
If you’ve spotted an ant in your home, simply take a photo and email it to [email protected] and we can identify it for you. This allows us to provide pre-treatment advice and arrive at your premises prepared to take on the right type of ant.
No matter what ant we identify, don’t just spray pesticides and expect a result. Because of their rapid breeding cycle and pheromone trails, killing ants has no effect on ant populations and the appearance of ants in your home or business.
Many exotic species will also respond to pesticides by spreading into multiple colonies, making the ant infestation even worse. The only long term solution is professional ant-control, and you won’t find better than Environ.
There are around 30 species of ant in the UK, but only a handful are considered pests. Most species live in the countryside or underground, but a few have found their way into our homes and businesses to feed or make nests.
If you want to control ants, the first step is knowing which species you’re dealing with.
The garden ant is what most people in the UK will think of when they hear the word “ant”. This common black ant is found just about everywhere, including our homes and businesses where they’re attracted to sweet-smelling food and drink.
Their success in urban environments is thanks to their ability to make nests in just about any crack they can find. You can often spot them emerging from beneath paving stones and between bricks, first making an appearance late March/early April.
In homes and businesses, garden ants are normally found in the kitchen, with kitchens bordering gardens more at risk. However, as ants can climb almost any surface, garden ants can be found in flats or offices many floors above ground.
Ants leave pheromone trails behind them as they search for food sources. Once they find one – such as exposed fruit, sugar of pet food – that trail can become a highway for hundreds, sometimes thousands of ants.
While garden ants may not carry disease and are considered a nuisance pest, they can pick up and spread harmful bacteria when they crawl through dirty spaces or across contaminated surfaces.
If you want garden ants to stop coming back, you need internal and external proofing to identify access points and direct extermination of any queens that have made nests within your premises. Just squashing or spraying ants as you see them will have no effect.