As the majority of ant species prefer warmer temperatures, so our climate is not suitable for many of them. However, the ant species found in the UK can be a nuisance when they get into your home. Garden or Black Ants aren’t thought to carry diseases, the trouble is you don’t know where they’ve been foraging outside, so you won’t want them marching through your food cupboards. Ants will travel in a wide range searching for food, following chemical trails they have established and clustering around the source of food, becoming a nuisance in homes and businesses. Outside, small piles of earth around holes in soil and at the base of exterior walls can indicate their origin.
Ants in house or garden?
If you've found a few ants sneaking into your home, there are steps you can take yourself to help alleviate the problem:
Watch carefully to track down where they are coming into your home, and seal off the entry points
Clear up any sticky residues on worktops and tables, because most ants are attracted to 'sweet things'
Cover up, put away or securely seal any foodstuffs which could be a source of sustenance for ants
If you are still having trouble with ants in the house, then you can call on the experts. Our external Ant Bait Station uses the ants roaming instinct to it's advantage, providing an insecticide bait which they eat and take back to the nest - effectively eliminating the colony. The tamper resistant lid allows it to be used safely in areas used by children and pets.
Pharaoh Ants or Ghost Ants, 2 species notorious for budding?
The pharaoh ant queen can lay hundreds of eggs in her lifetime. Most lay 10 to 12 eggs per batch in the early days of egg production and only four to seven eggs per batch later. Colonies proliferate by "budding". In the pest control industry budding refers directly to the spreading out of a certain pest species throughout a structure or other area, usually due to attempting to control a pest with a repellent spray, although budding can also occur due to baits, non-repellent sprays and naturally. A non-repellent spray will often disrupt budding since the pests cannot detect they have been infected with the pesticide barrier, but when dealing with the forces of nature it is important to remember that there are exceptions to every rule and never say never since anything is possible. The general idea is not to cause budding, so the pest doesn’t spread out into other areas of the structure being treated. Budding is an attempt to preserve a colony and survive through atmospheric conditions that may destroy it. It’s an instinctive survival mechanism.
Be care full when controlling any kind of ants. If you are not sure then Contact us to help with controlling Ants.
Queen wasps emerge from hibernation in Springtime, when the days lengthen and the weather warms to start building a wasp nest, with more worker wasps hatching as the Summer progresses. Wasps are most active in the warmer summer months. In the UK, the Common Wasp and German Wasp cause the most annoyance and painful stings. Even with their distinctive yellow and black body, they can still be confused with hornets. Although hornets are not as common in this country, they can still bite and sting you if provoked.
It's only female wasps who have a sting which they can use repeatedly, if they feel under threat. In most cases a wasp sting causes no long term harm, but it can be life threatening if you are allergic to stings. Treating a wasp nest is often the most efficient way to control a wasp problem and reduce the threat of being stung.
Wasps can build their nests outdoors under sheltered eaves or, if they can gain access, wasps will find sheltered areas inside your home, such as:
Attics & lofts
If a nest is discovered early enough in spring, removal using DIY wasp products may be possible but the danger from stings will remain.
Contact us for assistance with Wasps and Bees
The majority of moths found in the UK (approx 2,500 species) are harmless, however a few are seen as pests due to the damage their larvae cause to materials, textiles and stored products. Unlike some other pests, moths pose you no health risks as they do not transmit diseases, however they can cause some considerable damage causing you some financial loss
Moths in your House?
Once inside your home, Clothes Moths or Carpet Moths can severely damage natural fibres (such as wool, silk or cotton) in carpets, clothes, fabrics, fur and even leather items. Moth caterpillars cause the damage by eating the protein (keratin) found in natural materials. This potentially puts your delicate items at particular risk of damage, especially if they are left stored in draws, wardrobes or under the bed for long periods of time.
Females lay eggs in clusters of between 30 and 200, moth Caterpillars can continue to feed for months and sometimes years, before entering the pupal stage, where it can take up to 50 days to emerge as a moth!
If you think you may have an infestation Contact Us quickly, so treatment of the moths and their larvae can begin, as left unchecked the problem can swiftly spread to other areas of your property.