Ant Pest Control Services on the Isle of Wight

Ants deserve our human respect for their hardworking and organised selves. However, when it comes to home invasion and finding them on your work surfaces and in your cupboards, you need to take action!

What are ants?

Ants are eusocial insects of the family Formicidae and have long been a fascination for scientists as they have definite divisions of labour, the ability to solve problems and also communication between individuals.

Ants communicate with each other using pheromones, sounds, and touch and this is how they communicate to the rest of the colony that they have found a food source leaving a trail or road map for others to follow.

What are the signs that ants are present?

You will know if you have ants in your home because you’ll see them. Once they have discovered a source of their favourite sweet or protein- based food (summery sugary drinks and treats are a mecca for ants) then they will make tracks for it and let all of their colony in on the secret. Even if you only see one or two ants, beware as these may well be the scouts sent on ahead to locate food and ants will return to the same spot over and over once they have established that it is a good source of food and water.

What can I do?

Prevention is possible by wiping kitchen surfaces with soapy water or a mixture of vinegar and water and not leaving food or fruit out on worktops.  Do not allow pet food to remain on the floor in their dish overnight or for extended periods during the day as ants will attack the food and keep returning once they have established a continual source of food. But if you do find that you have an ant infestation then it’s time to call in the professionals who will use gel baits carried back to the queen and insecticide barriers to control and prevent re-infestation.