Ants are a nuisance and can be difficult to treat. Although there are many home remedies, these rarely get to the source of the problem to eradicate completely. Our technicians are fully trained in pesticide spraying chemicals that will get to the root of the problem i.e. the ant colony.

The chemicals used by us and pretty much all pest companies will sort out the problem. 

So, what are ants, and who are this enemy that invade our homes and property.

Ants are social insects that live in organised nests that contain many hundreds and sometimes thousands of ants. Most are wingless sterile females, known as worker ants, but there will also be fertile females, known as queen ants, and males

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Non-chemical control

  • Unless nests are particularly troublesome, ants are best left alone. If a colony is destroyed it is likely that its place will be taken by in-coming queen ants, which take over the territory and establish even more new nests.

  • Disperse ant heaps on lawns by brushing the excavated soil on a dry day before the lawn is mown, otherwise the soil will get smeared on the lawn surface by the mower

  • If the lawn has an uneven surface due to years of ant activity, peel back the turf in the raised areas, remove excess soil and relay the turf. This is easier to do in the winter when ants are less active

  • A pathogenic nematode, Steinernema feltiae, is available from some mail order suppliers of biological controls for treating ant nests in lawns and flower beds. The microscopic, worm-like nematodes are watered into the soil in places where ants are bringing soil up onto the surface

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Ants can cause concern but they are a nuisance rather than destructive pests.

  • They feed mainly on insects, including other ants

  • They also collect the sweet liquid known as honeydew, which is excreted by aphids and some other sap-feeding insects

  • Ants can protect aphids from attack by ladybirds and other predators in order to secure their supply of honeydew. Increased numbers of aphids may result in more damage to plants

  • They do little damage to plants themselves, except by disturbing soil around plant roots and depositing it on the surface during their nest building activities. This can be a nuisance on lawns and where low-growing plants are being buried by excavated soil

  • Some ants (mostly Myrmica species – commonly known as red ants) can sting, but for most people this is no more than a minor irritation 

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Chemical control

  • Many proprietary ant powders, baits, sprays and aerosols are available for controlling ants in and near buildings, these are not suitable for general garden use or application on plants 

  • To make a real impression on ant numbers it would be necessary to destroy the nests rather than just the foraging ants. That is difficult to achieve as ant nests occupy a much larger volume of soil than the surface excavations might suggest. In most situations it is best call in the experts,


The chemicals used to treat ants can be toxic when first applied to the area infested. One of our technicians will go through this with you before a treatment is carried out. All care and attentions is made where children and pets are on the property.

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