What causes an ant infestation?
An ant infestation is a common pest and causes problems with its resourcefulness and sheer numbers. An infestation can be generated quickly by a single ant locating a food source in your home or premises. This ant then leaves a trail of pheromones, attracting other ants to the head. Once ants have found a food source, they will keep coming back.
Ant infestations in hospital and catering settings.
Two main species cause infestations in Manchester: the pharaoh ant and the garden ant. The pharaoh ant is the more significant concern in hospitals and catering establishments, as it needs a protein-rich diet. This attracts the ants to blood, organic spillages and medical waste in hospitals and protein-rich food sources in catering environments. The infestations are a contamination risk and health hazard and should be removed as quickly as possible. Young’s Pest Control can provide trained professionals to medical and catering settings in the Manchester area to ensure the ant infestations are removed rapidly and successfully, protecting the health of staff, patients and customers.
Domestic and infestations
Domestic and infestations can be caused by the pharaoh ants mentioned above or by garden ants. Garden ants have a diet consisting of sweet substances. This can become a further problem as they can get this nourishment from the ‘honeydew’ excreted from aphids such as greenflies. This protects the aphids from predators, so an ant infestation can also cause issues with a growing aphid population.
What about flying ants?
Flying ant infestations occur at breeding time, as the new queens leave the nest to form new colonies. The flying ants are more significant and can bite. New nesting sites are often created in sheltered areas of homes, such as cavities and under floors.
How do I get rid of an ant infestation?
Many people attempt to remove infestations with off-the-shelf products. However, these are often ineffective due to the inexperience of the users. The entire nest needs to be released to prevent the colony from returning.
Young’s Pest Control has a wealth of experience and knowledge to provide the appropriate treatment for each case. As a result, we can adequately deploy pest-control substances to responsibly and effectively remove ant infestations in domestic and commercial settings.