Ultimate Ant Control Guide
How to Get Rid of Ants Today
Ant Control Advice. We look at methods for your home, kitchen, garden and conservatory, etc.
Getting rid of nuisance ants and eliminating their colonies without professional guidance can cost you a fortune.
Learn how to take back control with the following advice.
Ant Control in Bristol & The UK
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 buildings 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, by merely coming in gaps around windows and doors.
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.
Ant Control In Your Kitchen
Could Ants Make Food Unsafe?
Ants carry pathogenic (disease-causing) microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, parasites, etc.) on their bodies and the items they carry that could end up on food preparation surfaces or even in food and drink we consume.
Who Is Most At Risk From Food Poisoning?
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.
Fortunately, the chances of this happening are almost zero – so don’t panic!
It is easy to be sold treatments that scare the hell out of you, but the risks are usually extremely low.
That said, precautions are always prudent.
Ant Control For Your Kitchen
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 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 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.
Ants belong to a group of over 130000 insect species in the order Hymenoptera. These include Social or Paper Wasps and Honey Bees. So in common with these, they are both social in behaviour.
Ants live in well-organised socially structured colonies, equipped with the ability to deliver a painful sting or spray formic acid.
Are UK Ants Dangerous?
None of the native ant species found in 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-for-insect-stings.html” first aid advice for ant stings here.
How Do You Treat Ant Bites and Stings?
Get Ant Sting First Aid Advice and discover how to avoid getting stung by stinging insects.
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.
How Long Do Ants Live?
It sounds crazy, but ants can live for thirty years! German entomologist Hermann Appel kept a Queen ant (Lasius niger) in captivity for almost 29 years, making the Queen ant the longest living insect.
Flying Ant Control
Flying ants are newly emerged queens and males. As the above section goes on to mention, a Queen ant can live for decades.
Sadly it’s not such great news or the male ants.
Male flying ants live for just one day. This means that if flying ants invade your home, they should last for only a few hours.
How Many Ants Are There In The World?
No one really knows, other than to say “there are oodles”! Some say the number is 10000 trillion while others say 100 trillion. So as we first suggested – no one really has a clue.
What Is The Worlds Biggest and Smallest Ant?
The worlds biggest ants (this is up for debate!) are the Giant Forest Ants (Dinomyrmex gigas) of Borneo and neighbouring areas.
Soldier ants weigh in at a whopping 372mg!
The smallest ants get weighed in micrograms, but I can’t find any reference to people weighing these tiny species.
The only records easily found online refer to species weighing around 1mg, so sub 1mg is highly likely.
Ants number well over 12000 described species worldwide with thousands more waiting to be classified.
For this reason, the number of ant species has been rumoured at over 30000, but it will be at least another ten years before we really begin to understand just how many species we have.
How Fast Can Ants Run?
If an ant were the size of a human it could run at an estimated 30mph. Sounds fast, until you compare it with spiders.
If a spider were the size of a car it could hit 300mph!
The fastest insect relative to size is a tiger beetle that can move at an astonishing 171 body lengths per second.
How Strong Are Ants?
Ants can carry up to 50 times or more than their body weight. As an adult human, it means you would be quite comfortable carrying a transit van above your head. Nice!
About Ant Control 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.