Why are Ants a pest?
Black garden ants are a nuisance pest but are not a risk to human health. Their nests are always found in the soil in gardens or under floors. They are completely black in colour.
Annually garden ants swarm as part of the colony (nest) flies away to find a site to create a new colony. This can appear frightening but it is a natural phenomenon and should be over within 48 hours.
Pharaohs ants pose a health risk as they are able to carry pathogens as they travel around an area for food. They are smaller than the garden ant and pale yellow brown in colour. They can penetrate packaging and can so contaminate food for human consumption.
Pharaohs ants are only found indoors. They are very agile and are able to climb smooth surfaces. Due to their size and mobility they have been known to access sterile equipment and so can pose a significant risk to human health.
Signs of Ants
Black Garden Ants
Ants are visible inside and outside the property
Check paved areas outdoors which provides an ideal place to live
Trails of ants may be seen going to and from the nest site (the nest itself is often not visible)
Ants seen around open food / spillages
Small piles of sandy soil around threshold could indicate the nest is nearby
Long narrow trails of ants will be seen moving to and from the nest toward food sources
They need warm humid areas to breed so are often associated with central heating systems and heated indoor areas
Ants will forage for water around sinks and where condensation has occurred
How to prevent an infestation
Ensure good housekeeping in the food areas
Food stuffs properly stored and held in sealed containers
Ensure spillages are cleaned immediately
All bins must be emptied and cleaned regularly (not allowing food to spoil in them)
Seal any holes or gaps around windows and doors
Pharaoh Ants are brought into the property either via foodstuffs or through infected neighbouring properties. There is little one can do to prevent an infestation.
Black Ants Infestation
For Black Ants you can try and use DIY products but these are not always successful. If not you will need to call out a Professional Pest Controller on 0843 523 0537 or 07443476749
Pharaoh Ants Infestation
If you suspect you have a problem with Pharaoh Ants then you should seek professional help on 0843 523 0537 or 07443476749 as soon as possible!
These ants are very invasive, quick to spread, even into neighbouring properties. Treatment can be a long process and in some instances it takes up to two months to achieve eradication.
The treatment of Pharaoh Ants is best done by a professional. Treating them with readily purchased aerosols will just make the problem worse.
Donkill Pest Solutions deal with all Ant problems in and around Doncaster, so if you would like a free survey please contact us on 0843 523 0537 or 07443476749
For Garden Ants the Ant Treatment is usually completed in one visit, but 2nd after 2 weeks will be free of charge if necessary. Subsequent visits will be charged for. Eradication cannot be guaranteed.
(Free site surveys are subject to availability and are not to identify if you have a infestation in the first place (this can be mostly be done over the telephone))