Black Garden Ants Pest Control

Professional removal of Black Garden Ants from £60

All about Ants

Find out all about Ants, how we treat them and even about how big their nests can be below...

Signs of a Ant problem

Common signs include...

  • Outside: Seeing them in a specific location, normally on dry warm days and little piles of sand.
  • Indoors: they usually have a nest near a boiler or radiator and are frequently seen in the same spot.
  • In late summer, usually late August and after a thunderstorm, there may be many ‘flying ants’ seen around a nest area.
Ants in the Kitchen or general house

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Treatment for Ants

The treatment for ants is initially finding the location of the nest by watching their movements and then applying professional ant gel on the ant runs and particularly near the nest. It may require a band of residual insecticide spray applied, near but not on their ant runs to help to contain them to a restricted area. The bait is often placed in a bait station, for safety reasons, so children or animal can not access the bait. In a few days ant numbers will drop significantly, but sometimes it will take up to 2 weeks before a colony is completely destroyed.

So if you come across a Ants Nest just give our helpful team a call, or even if it is just advice that you would like, we will be more than happy to help.

We are based in Chorley near junction 8 M61, we are literally no more than an hour away from anywhere in Lancashire.

The Pesky Ant

Ants are the most highly evolved of all insects and belong to a fairly advanced order of insects, the Hymenoptera.This order also includes wasp and bees and are characterised by biteing mouthparts and membraneous wings. The most interesting development in ants is their complex social structure and the different castes.Besides the young stages of ants, there are three primary forms of adults – workers (sterile females with no wings), males and queens (fertile females).Generally a ant colony is a seperate entity and will defend itself againsst other insects, even ants of thee same species. Some species have learnt to live in harmony with other colonies of the same species so that you can get an infestation consisting of several nests in different parts of an area or building.

Black Garden Ant (Lasius niger)

The workers of the Black Garden Ant are about 2-3mm long and are almost entirely black or very dark brown. The queens that are produced annually are considerably larger at up to 12mm long.These ants are by far the most common ant we encounter. The species is seldom more than a nuisance in buildings.

The formation of a new social colony of ants starts with a mated winged female ant digging into the earth to produce a small cell. She lays a variable and eventually large number of white eggs that hatch after 3-4 weeks into,white legless grubs and then overwinter, completing their development in the following spring. The female feeds them on nourishing secretions from her salivary glands and when the larvae are mature they pupate within the cell. It usually takes less than 2 weeks for the adult ants to emerge from the pupae and this first generation will be entirely composed of worker ants.

Once this occurs, these ants can now tend both the queen and subsequent larvae by bringing a range of food materials into the nest.Sometime in the late summer winged and sexually mature males and large females will be produced from the nest and will emerge in large numbers over a short time period. This ‘swarming’ often occurs from many nests at the same time and frequently in the afternoons. The winged ants fly away,mating on the wing, and eventually settle exhausted. The males usually die quickl yand only a small proportion of the mated females will survive to found new colonies.

Pharaoh’s Ants (Monomorium pharaonis)

The Pharaoh’s Ant is a tropical species and is particularly associated with hospitals,prisons and other institutions that are permanently heated and increasingly in large urban housing blocks. It is rarely found in conventional housing as it requires constant warm temperatures all the year round. Because of its liking for hot conditions, its water requirements are high so it is most often found within travelling distance of kitchens and bathrooms or other regular water supplies.

The Pharoah’s Ant is much smaller than the Black Garden Ant with the workers ants being about 2mm long with the males 3mm and the queens 4mm.The worker ants are light yellow with a darker tip to the abdomen.

Pharoah’s Ants differ from other UK ant species in that a infestation consists of more than one nest and the ants move freely between the nests, creating satellite nest’s, a process known as budding in which ants gradually spread throughout buildings or complexes.

The cost of control for a Pharoah’s Ant infestation can be considerable.

Other Tropical Ants

In the UK we also have other tropical species that may occasionally be seen, such as Ghost Ants,Argentine Ants,Crazy Ants and Roger’s Ants.

Prices

Have you noticed that most Pest Control companies don't tell you the price upfront? Not us.

We offer complete reassurance from £60

Complete Ants nest removal is from £60

We charge £60 for a single treatment which is usually adequate to destroy a single ants nest, however sometimes a second treatment may be required.

That's it, nothing more.

Note: If 'ant powder' has been used before we are called out it makes the task of getting rid of the ants much harder because the natural trails the ants use will have been destroyed, and little signs of ants will be found. Ant powder knocks back the number of ants for a while but does not kill the nest which will recover in time.

The catch

There are no hidden fees and we always tell you the price before we start.

Please note that we're not trying to compete on price alone, we compete on quality and value, otherwise known as getting the job done right and at a fair price.

Our price promise

We are committed to providing you with a first class service at a competitive price.

What’s more, we don’t charge VAT which makes our prices even cheaper. Read more.

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