There are two types of ants that are commonly found throughout Britain:
- the Garden ant
- the Pharaoh’s ant.
Treatment and control measures
Good housekeeping and maintenance.
Ensure kitchen areas are clean and food stored properly.
Cupboards, shelves and work surfaces that may have sweet substances on them should be thoroughly cleaned with hot, soapy water to remove any traces.
Food containers such as jam jars, treacle tins, etc should be tightly closed after use and the lid thoroughly cleaned.
Treating the nest.
The nest is normally found outside but can occasionally be inside a cavity wall or even below floorboards. Identifying and treating the nest is the key way to prevent ants from entering a property. The nest can be located by following the worker ants.
The nest can be treated by using boiling water or a suitable insecticidal dust or spray, which is approved for use against ants, There are a number of products on the market, which are available from DIY stores, garden centres and chemists. These products contain the same active ingredients as the insecticides used by professional pest controllers but are not as strong. Please ensure that you follow manufacturer’s instructions when using the product.
Treating access points.
The place/s where the ants are gaining access should be established and a suitable insecticide used around that area. It is likely that ants will be gaining access from around skirting boards, cracks in the floor, wall or around windows. The insecticide should be placed in such a way that any ants entering the room are forced to come into contact with it.
Once again, only insecticides that are approved for use against ants should be used and the manufacturers instructions and safety precautions must be followed carefully when using the product.
You must be patient when using insecticides against ants as these are often not the ‘knock down’ type which have an immediate effect, such as a fly-spray. The poison acts by the ants taking it back on their bodies to the nest. For this reason, you will continue to see ants for some days but the numbers should decrease.