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Why is ant pest control important?
If you’re worried that you have an ant infestation, it will be a good idea to find out what ant pest control options are available to you to have them removed. All ants have the potential to contaminate food and spread germs, and some ants could even deliver a nasty sting or spread dangerous diseases.
As well as this, it’s their ability to build huge colonies that makes ant pest control so important. Some ant species can even cause damage to your property by burrowing into woodwork, foundations and wall cavities, which could become a fire risk if electrical cables are damaged.
Needless to say, if you own a business (particularly one that serves food), commercial ant pest control is even more important.
Are there any dangerous ants in the United Kingdom?
The most common ant in the United Kingdom is the Black Garden Ant. While usually not dangerous to humans or pets, Black Garden Ants can become a real nuisance in your home or business.
As well as Black Garden Ants, there are a few species that could be dangerous.
- Red Ants have the potential to contaminate food but also tend to be more aggressive than Black Garden Ants. They can deliver a painful sting when they feel threatened and are unlikely to run away from a fight.
- Pharaoh Ants, noticeable by their light colouring (usually somewhere between red and yellow) and black markings on their abdomens, can be a dangerous pest to have in your home or business. They’re known to carry bacteria like Salmonella and Streptococcus.
- Ghost Ants are another species that are becoming increasingly common. They can usually be spotted by their dark heads and very pale legs and abdomens. They have the potential to contaminate food and may bite if their nest is threatened.
How to tell if you have an ant infestation
The easiest way to tell if you have an ant infestation is by spotting an unusual number of ants in your home, garden or business premises.
It’s also a good idea to look out for:
- Ant pathways
Most ants leave their scent in the form of trails for their fellow colony members to follow. If you notice a number of ants following the same track, it could indicate that there is a nest nearby.
- Small piles of dirt
Some ants like dark, hidden places to nest. That could mean that they nest in your wall cavities, under floorboards or beneath countertops. Look for small mounds of dirt, as this could be the nest site.
- Rotten or decomposing wood
Black Garden Ants in particular like to nest in moist places. If you have any decomposing wood in your property or garden, this could encourage nesting.
- Dirt mounds in the garden
The most common types of ants like to nest in soil, which means your outdoor area is a prime spot for nesting. Look for mounds of dirt nearby to hidden places (like your paving slabs or under your shed).
Ant Removal Steps
It’s not always easy to get rid of ants. To fully deal with the problem, you need to ensure that the nest is destroyed or that the queen ant is killed. Some ants have multiple queens in their colony too and others can ‘bud’, meaning there could be more than one nest in your home or business.
There are plenty of ant removal solutions out there, many of which come in the form of do-it-yourself treatments and off-the-shelf products. We would always recommend choosing professional ant pest control, as both of these at-home options won’t guarantee that the pests are 100% eradicated.
Choosing Professional Ant Removal
At Willis Pest Control, we’re experts at providing ant pest control to homes and businesses in the West Midlands. Whether you’re based in Birmingham, Wolverhampton or elsewhere across the region, our team of fully qualified technicians are here to help with any ant infestation.
To get rid of your ants for good, contact our friendly and approachable team. You’ll speak with an experienced pest control technician, who will talk you through what happens next.
We know that ant infestations can be very different depending on your property. That’s why we will always visit your property before deciding on an ant pest control treatment. That way, we can do a full inspection to find out the scale of your ant problem and choose the right removal methods to ensure your pests won’t return.
In fact, we’re so confident in our service that we offer a two-month guarantee to all our customers – both businesses and homeowners alike. Our 100% guarantee means that we promise to remove the offending ants and will treat your property for as long as it takes for the ant problem to be eradicated.
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It’s not always easy to get rid of ants for good in your home. To make sure that these insects never return, choose a professional ant removal service who have all the right treatments and equipment.
Ants often venture indoors in search of food. If they find a readily available food source, they may choose to build their nest indoors. They may also take food from the kitchen back to an outdoor colony
Ants are attracted to food, which means they’ll enter your home if food is readily available to them. To prevent ants, make sure that no food is left out and that spills are cleaned up quickly.
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