It’s That Time of the Year Again! With spring just around the corner ants will soon be on the march seeking out food sources on the inside and outside of buildings.
Although ants are not responsible for the spreading of disease in the same way that some crawling insects are, their foraging nature can quite often bring them into contact with infected surfaces inadvertently carry pathogens on their feet into sensitive areas such as kitchens or clinical environments.
The most common species of ant in the UK is the Black Garden Ant which despite its name is normally a dark brown colour, they are social insects belonging to the order Hymenopterans and have a queen in the same way that Wasps and Bees do. They are sweet loving insects and once a food source is identified pheromone trails are placed for other ants to follow and an intensive effort is made to retrieve the food and take it back to the nest to feed the queen and larvae.
Towards mid to late summer, sexually mature males and females will be produced and both will have wings and will proceed to mate, the process taking around 48 hours, after which the fertile females will seek an appropriate place to spend the winter and start a new colony the following year.
The treatment of ants will very much depend on the environment in which they are residing and also on the time of year. The deployment of toxic bait is most effective in the early part of the year when ants are actively looking for a food source and towards the end of the year when ants are mating the use of insecticidal sprays is probably more appropriate if environmental conditions will allow.
Advanced Pest Management has been treating ants for many years from Black Garden Ants to the more demanding Pharaoh Ant we have developed a wide range of tactics to deal with ants in almost any environment. If you require any help or advise on ant issues please call us now on 01630 652958.
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