ANT EXTERMINATORS & CONTROL

WHY ANTS CAN BE TRICKY TO CONTROL

Unlike wasp or bee nests, ant colonies consist of numerous chambers designed for specific functions like storing food, eggs, larvae, and housing the queen. These chambers are interconnected by small tunnels constructed by worker ants.

In contrast to wasps, where all workers forage for food, ants only release a percentage of their workers for these tasks. The rest of the colony stays underground, managing the nest, caring for eggs and larvae, and ensuring the queen’s well-being.

Commercial ant powders, typically containing Permethrin or Bendiocarb, can effectively eliminate visible ants in your home for a few days. However, the challenge arises when the remaining colony, situated below ground, quickly rebuilds its numbers and only sends out more workers after about two weeks, leading to a recurring cycle.

REASONS TO ELIMINATE ANTS

Ants, as they traverse surfaces, can spread dirt and bacteria, posing hygiene concerns, particularly in kitchen areas. Flying ant days, occurring over 2-3 summer days, can be distressing as winged ants leave their nests to mate and start new colonies, sometimes infiltrating homes.

TREATMENTS

For effective ant control, it’s crucial to deliver insecticide into the nest and address the queen. Liquid insecticides can flood nest chambers, providing an immediate solution. In cases where the nest is elusive, liquid gel baits are employed. Worker ants feed on the gel, leaving a pheromone trail for others to follow, ultimately leading to colony eradication within 10-21 days.

CLIENT ACTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Refrain from using ant powder before professional intervention. This ensures effective identification of nest access points and facilitates efficient liquid or gel treatments.
 
Early intervention, ideally in the spring, when ant nest populations are smaller, increases the likelihood of successful eradication. Gel baits are particularly effective in feeding the queen and reducing the number of chambers.

AFTER-CARE AND PROOFING

For ant nests under paving, sealing entrance holes post-treatment significantly reduces the chance of reinfestation. Pest Solutions Dublin is committed to not only resolving current issues but also minimising the chances of recurrence.

 

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