An ant infestation is not the worst pest problem in the world and ants generally do not do much real damage. Most species of ants in the UK are not harmful and actually serve a useful purpose – such as soil aeration or control of destructive pests such as aphids.
However, ants roaming around the house is not pleasant, and they sometimes can spread unwanted bacteria. If you have a very aggressive ant problem, the key is to target the queen and this can be very tricky because nests are often very hidden behind a wall or under the concrete.
Tips for Dealing with Ants
Identify Ant Trails
A key first step in removing an ant infestation is to identify the path used by the worker ants to move to and from the nest. Ants are seen moving inside your home looking for food, and once ants find material that can be eaten, they transport it back to the nest. Thus, the ants leave chemical pathways, or traces, for the worker ants to know where to gather more food.
This behaviour is what makes it possible to combat ants, because you can now deceive worker ants into carrying some form of ant bait back to the nest. For help from Pest Control Essex, visit a site like BPC, leading suppliers of Pest Control Essex services.
Seal possible points of entry
Ants are small insects that easily crawl into the home through small cracks and crevices. To avoid this problem as much as possible, especially around windows and doors, ensure effective sealant is used to plug holes. Points of weakness may include cables, pipes and wires as well. Regularly examine for small cracks where ants may gain entry to your home.