The most common species of ant found in the UK is the BLACK ANT ( Lasius niger ). These ants form nests in gardens and under the foundations of buildings and although they are not a major pest in houses or buildings, they can become so when their population grows.
Black ants live in colonies consisting of many worker ants and one Queen ant. The worker ants are dark brown or black in colour and are between 3mm and 5mm in length. The Queen ant is much larger, being up to 12mm long, but she is not often seen as she remains in the nest with only the worker ants being found foraging around for food ready to take back to feed the nests ant colony.
When ants come indoors through the foundations of houses, they may become a problem in the summer when they are searching for food and they are often found in kitchens which normally have plentiful supplies of food debris. These same ants during humid summer days can grow wings when they then become 'flying ants', this being necessary for them to breed and form new ant colonies.
Although ants are not known for carrying disease, they can contaminate a wide variety of foods and can become a major nuisance indoors.
Pharaoh Ants can also be found in homes but these insects are usually associated with larger buildings such as blocks of flats or office blocks. These structures have heating ducts connecting through the buildings which are ideal as pharaoh ants need high temperatures to live and breed. Pharaoh ants are smaller than black ants at about 2mm in length and they are a yellow-brown colour with a darker head and abdomen
Which are the best Ant Killer Control Products to use to stop and get rid of Ants?
- Ant Control Packs contain a selection of the best ant killing products to use in all areas inside the house or outside in the garden to kill, stop or prevent ants from becoming a problem.
- Ant Killer Sprays and Lacquer can be used in many areas inside the home or outside in the garden where ants have been seen, such as around wall edges, in cracks and crevices, under skirting boards and around external doors. These sprays will kill the worker ants quickly and leave a residue of insecticide that is not seen but will continue to kill any ants that crawl over the area for up to several weeks after the treatment has been applied. Usually there is no smell to these sprays.
- Ant Killer Powders are best used in inaccessible areas where the ants emerge from, or in areas where liquid sprays are not normally advised, such as where electrical wires may be found or under floors. Ant Killer Powders are also useful to 'puff' into cracks and crevices indoors or outdoors to further penetrate the ant harbourage and habitat areas, therefore offering a wider reach and control of ants. Both our insecticidal or organic powders can be applied directly on to an ants nest when uncovered in the garden.
- Ant Killer Traps contain an attractant bait that the worker ants take back to their nesting site where they inadvertently feed it to the Queen ant as well as it destroying the nest. These ant traps are used around the edges of rooms where ants have been seen and they are a very useful addition to controlling ant populations indoors.
- Ant Repellers are plug in units for indoor use that send out a combination of ultrasonic and electromagnetic sound waves to disturb ants in buildings which then drives them out. These repellers are especially useful after killing treatments have been completed to stop ants from re-entering a building.