Ant Control by Live helper Pest Control
Although ants are an irritant when they come in to the home the most common species, the Garden Ant, is not thought to carry disease. However, as it is impossible to know where the ants were last foraging for food, it is sensible to take steps to prevent them entering your home and food cupboards. Smaller species like the Pharaoh's ant however have been reported in hospitals as mechanical vectors for disease causing pathogens, such as salmonella, pseudomonas and staphylococcus.
Types of Ant Problem
There are thousands of different ant species; the most common ones in India are:
Worker ants are 1/4" long. These ants are common intruders into our homes, especially during the annual monsoons and in summers. Carpenter Ant colonies are often hidden inside of damp wood. They are mostly active at night and are very attracted by sweet and greasy substances inside the home. When discovered they first stop moving and then try to escape. Carpenter ants do not sting and only rarely bite.
Red Weaver Ants are common in gardens and parks in India. They are occasional intruders into our homes. Red Weaver Ant colonies build their nests in trees, connecting leaves with silk. Red Ants do not sting, but they have a very painful bite, which is often worsened by chemicals which they emit when aggravated. They commonly enter homes when in the search for food, being mainly attracted to sweet and sugary substances.
Worker ants are only 1.5 -2mm long and the Queen is 4 - 6mm long. Both workers and the Queen are a yellow-brown colour. Pharaoh's Ants require only very small spaces for their nests: Colonies have been found in between paper sheets. Because of their small size these ants can easily enter your home and contaminate the foodstuffs. This ant’s diet is largely of decomposing foodstuffs and it carries harmful germs picked up from where it has been feeding.
How to keep Ants away:
Most ant species will only come into your home to forage for food and are attracted by sweet and sticky substances. Ensure that there is no readily available food source in your home by:
- Always covering food – we do not know where the ant has been before it crawls across your food!
- Clear away food and liquid spillages immediately.
- Clean food debris from under kitchen appliance.s
- Make sure all rubbish bins have tightly sealed lids. Keep compost enclosed and covered.
- Clear away your Pet's food immediately when it has finished eating.
You can help prevent ants entering your home by sealing access points such as cracks and crevices in door and window frames.
Professional Ant Control:
While DIY products, like aerosols, sprays and powders can deal with smaller ant problems or problems with casual ant intruders into your home, a professional pest control service will be required for larger or multiple infestations.
Live helper Pest Control technicians understand the habits of each of the common pest ant species. Live helper also uses a range of powerful insecticides to eradicate ant infestations at home and provides the reassurance that your ant problem will be fully and satisfactory dealt with.
Live helper offers a call-out service to deal with ant problems and other pest infestations in the home. Our service is fast, effective and offers the highest level of safety for your family and pets.
If you would like further advice or to arrange a visit by a Live helper technician, call us on 09880778889