Ant Control treatments in the City of Bristol For Your House, Home, Kitchens, Gardens and your Conservatory, etc. Getting rid of nuisance ants and eliminating their spread without professional guidance can cost you a fortune, disrupt your sleep and even your families health.
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Ant Control Treatments - Tips & Facts
Bristol Ant Control: Because ants live communally in colonies, we need to eliminate the nest (queen, workers, eggs) and not just the worker ants.
Protein-based and carbohydrate foods will attract ants and is often a base ingredient found in the best ant baits and ant control products for use in the house. Ant Repellents are rarely of any use.
Outdoor ant control products are used to control ants on the properties external surfaces, but home remedies for use indoors require safer, food based ingredients. Research into natural ant control solutions is an area of growing interest.
Each new ant invasion provides a chemical pheromone trail for the other ants to follow, so getting rid of ants can be as simple as having a thorough spring clean. Our homes also provide the perfect, heated home for ants.
Have Ants Infested Your House?
Ants Penetrate our homes, simply by coming in gaps around windows and doors, but occasionally the colony penetrates the internal building structure via other routes, and once you find ants indoors, it's often difficult to treat them, making ant control technically more demanding and financially unappealing.
Common Routes That Ants Use To Invade Your Home:
> Air Bricks and Weep Holes - The Most Common Entry Point.
> House Plants - House plants can easily conceal ants.
> Window and Door Frames - Holes in damaged or rotten wooden frames.
> Holes In Walls - Holes created by old or existing pipework and cables.
> House Plants and Planters - Especially those grown and stored in the UK.
> Utility Points - Through conduit containing water and electric etc.
> Damaged Mortar - Through gaps in the faulty, damaged or soft mortar.
Ants In Your Kitchen
Ants represent a particular risk by contaminating food with pathogenic (disease-causing) bacteria that can cause significant illness. Food poisoning is a particular risk to those in high-risk groups such as the old, very young, pregnant women and those convalescing from illness or surgery to name but a few.
Effective and organic ant control is as simple as cleaning up spilt foods or food residues. Pesticides are always the last resort. Cleanliness is a simple concept, yet in practice, it's a struggle for some to achieve consistently, and thus remain ant-free. With this in mind, chemical control over the longer term may be the only way of reliably treating ants under these conditions.
What Attracts Ants?
Ants get drawn to organic products, including food residues left on surfaces or in packaging that has not been disposed of securely.
The most common treatments used in Bristol are stomach poisons designed to kill ants feeding on well-formulated bait or food substitute. Natural ant killers are also available in organic formulations, so you can kill ants and remain environmentally sensitive.
The Most Common Sources Of Ant Attractants:
> Bins and Recycling Receptacles - The most common areas of activity.
> Under Work Unit Plinths - Food residues quickly build between the plinths and floor.
> Under Large Appliances - Heavy food residues can go unnoticed here.
> Between countertops and the wall - Large wet food deposits and fly activity is common here.
> Between Skirting Boards and the Floor - A very common entry point.
> Counter Tops - Food Residues left uncleaned quickly attract Ants.
What Are Flying Ants?
These are simply males and queens disembarking to mate, on warm, humid evenings, when conditions are right. This mating behaviour explains why we see so many flying ants at the same time. Flying ant control, especially indoors, requires a robust approach to establishing rapid elimination.
The Ant belongs to a group of over 130000 insect species that include the orders of Social or Paper Wasps and Honey Bees, so in common with these, they are both social in behaviour - often living in well-organised socially structured colonies, equipped with the ability to deliver a painful sting or spray formic acid.
Are UK Ant Species Dangerous?
None of the native ant species found in Bristol or the UK can be considered dangerous. However, newer tropical species with a greater capacity to sting like the white Ghost ant or Rogers ant, are surviving traditional ant control tactics, establishing themselves in ever more significant numbers year on year.
Depending on the ant species, many UK ants including the common red ant can sting. Any time venom gets injected into our skin we have the chance that our body will have a significant reaction to the toxin so a severe reaction cannot be ruled out. If you get stung by ants and suspect you might be suffering a severe reaction you can find first aid advice for ant stings here.
What Should I Do If I'm Bitten or Stung By Ants?
What Purpose Do Ants Serve?
They are incredible scavengers, cleaners and also a natural force in the garden and household pest control, consuming a wide variety of insects.
What About Ants In Bristol?
In Bristol, Ant Control is considered by many to be a summer pest control activity, but our unquenchable thirst for imported foods and goods has helped tropical ants to establish themselves. Across the UK, tropical species like Pharaoh Ants are finding our homes and warm commercial environments like hospitals, and restaurant kitchens a particularly nice place to remain active all year round.