Ants are common and harmless garden dwellers. Occasionally they enter our buildings and become pests, therefore our ant control products are invaluable.
We offer insecticide powder and sprays for black ant and red ant control, as well as kits and baits. When dealing with ants it is important to deal with the nest, otherwise the problem will be a recurring one. Ant traps and ant baits are favourites, as ants will take bait to the nest and feed to the larvae.
There are two basic methods used for ant control:
Barrier Sprays: designed to stop ants and other insects crossing a threshold such as a door step or window frame, ventilators, ducts and drains. Pay particular attention to areas where pipes enter the building such as under kitchen sinks. Barrier Sprays work by laying a residual (long-term, in the case of Dethlac up to about three months depending on conditions) band of insecticide across the route that the insects use to access the building.
Residual Insecticide Sprays: can be used where long-term protection is not needed as the aim is simply to eliminate the offending colony. These sprays may be effective for around two weeks or considerably less if exposed to weather. They can be used in and around the nest and foraging area. The spray lays down a fine film of insecticide and when the ant contacts the insecticide and subsequently cleans itself, it ingests the product and dies. A potential weakness of some of these sprays is that they contain an ingredient (Pyrethrins) that may repel ants before the whole colony has become contaminated.
Residual Insecticide Dust: perfect for dusting into dry but hard to access areas such as under floor boards, behind skirtings, into cracks and crevices and under cupboards. So long as it is kept dry it can remain active for many months.
Poison Bait Stations: the best way to eliminate a whole colony but a little patience is required. Bait stations rely on the previously mentioned habit of ants to inform the colony of potential food sources.
Two or more bait stations should be placed in the area ants are seen foraging for food. An ant will find the bait station and take some bait back to the colony. Because the bait has been carefully formulated to be attractive to black ants, the whole colony will soon start to feed (or be fed) on the bait.
The active ingredient within the bait is slow acting so by the time the whole colony have sampled the bait it is too late and they will all have consumed a lethal dose. The whole colony should be eliminated within a couple of weeks. Make sure that you have enough bait stations to feed the whole colony.
Please contact us if you require any additional information on our ant control products.
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The black garden ant is found throughout Britain and is one of only a very few garden nesting ants that are commonly found foraging in our homes. Black ants frequently nest under stones, paving slabs and door steps close to houses. From there they forage widely and soon find their way into domestic premises in search of their favourite sweet foods.
When a worker finds a suitable source of food it takes a sample back to the colony, leaving a pheromone (scent) trail behind it. Back at the colony it regurgitates a sample of the food for other ants to taste and they then follow the pheromone trail back to find the source of food. That is why your sighting of a single ant can turn into scores within an hour or so.
The Common Black Garden Ant is the species most likely to be encountered by the British householder. It can easily be identified by its black colour (most of the other ants you are likely to see will be red or orange, except for the black wood ant).
Ants are easily identified by their thin waist and bulbous rear segment. They have pronounced elbowed (bent) antennae and biting mouth parts.
The workers (sterile females) are about 4mm long whilst the queens (fertile females) are about 15mm long. Only the fertile females and the males grow wings and then swarm in order to mate. The swarming lasts for 2 to 3 hours after which the males die and the females cast their wings and dig a hiding hole in the soil where they overwinter prior to starting a new colony the next spring.
Ants are able to enter through the smallest of cracks making physical proofing difficult.
First try to identify where the nest is located. It may be under the doorstep, under footpath flagstones, inside the house under the floor boards, in the cavity wall and so on.
Potential food sources should be contained within sealed packaging.
Make sure that all obvious access points such as gaps in skirting boards, cracks in floors and walls are sealed with a suitable sealant.
However, insecticidal barriers are the most effective; see our to 'How to Control' section.
We our experiencing problems with what we believe are pharaoh ants in our home. We have tried many ant products but without success, can you recommend something that will solve our problem?
Pharaoh ants can be problematic and are becoming a real issue in some areas of the country. We sell a very effective pharaoh ant control product Biopren Ant Colony Eliminator this has been very successful for many of our customers.
I live in Illinois and have small black ants outside and inside my house. How do I get rid of them?
Bait point are the best way for black ants as that targets just the ants and no other species gets taken out. Ant bait stations are widely available and work well. Make sure you put down several if you think it is a large colony.
How do I elminate flying ants in the home?
If they are in your home, I would use an organic spray such as Oa2ki in order to kill the and crawling flying adults. In order to kill the nest, use our ant bait-station kit to destroy the nest.
How do I effectively get rid of ants that have miraculously made it to my 6th floor terrace and built a nest inside my large bay tree pot? (obviously, without killing the bay tree!)
Ant bait stations are effective. We sell a garden ant trap kit that contains traps and bait. Push the ant trap down into the soil and the ants will be attracted to the bait and carry the poison back to the nest, eliminating the colony
I have ants in my kitchen under the sink unit. I have put ant powder and spray in various places behind the sink unit and I have called in a professional pest control man, who also sprayed round the back of the unit. Ants are still getting into my kitchen from the unit, what is my best course of action as I feel all is happening is the ants are dying once they have got into the kitchen, but I need to try to kill them off at the nest
You could try the Maxforce LN Bait Station which is a cost effective solution to ants in the home. The idea is to leave the bait station in place and hope that the ants will carry the bait back to the nest and eliminate the colony. This is more effective than simply spraying the ants that are visible. Each one lasts about three months and they come two to a pack