Garden ants usually nest outside in walls, lawns, flower beds and underneath paving flags. Although they are not a health hazard, they can be a nuisance as they travel in large numbers and find their way into your home through small gaps in masonry, doors and windows.
The Black/Garden Ant (Lasius niger) and the Pharoah's Ant (Monomorium pharaonis) are the most common type of ant. They both cause a nuisance as they follow trails and travel far in search of sweet food.
The Pharaoh's Ants pose the biggest risk to your health as they often feed in unhygienic areas like drains and bins and they can easily transmit pathogens. The Pharoah's Ant requires warm humid conditions to survive and they tend to live in buildings.
Ant life cycle
The queen ant lays eggs towards the end of spring which hatch into larvae after three to four weeks. She rears the larvae for a futher three weeks until they pupate into the first brood of worker ants.The worker ants forage for food and tend to subsequent broods. Winged male and female ants emerge between July and August. They start the mating cycle on the wing, and the male dies afterwards. The mated females shed their wings and dig a cell in the soil where they will stay until the following spring.
How you can deal with ants
During the summer, winged ants take flight and mate. If you have flying ants inside your house, open your windows to allow them to fly out or if you find this a problem use an insect aerosol spray.
How we deal with ants
Our technicians will carry out a treatment to the inside of your property using a licensed professional product. The treatments costs £60 per visit.
Ants are attracted to the insecticide treatment. They will collect the insecticide bait and return it to the nest, to eradicate the source.
Ants nest cannot be removed only destroyed.
If you would like to book an appointment call 0161 234 5004.