To get rid of ants, it is important to identify the ant species before attempting ant control.
Some ant species, like Pharaoh ants, can be controlled using toxic baits, while for others it is better to use toxic residual sprays.
To remove ants successfully, it is usually necessary to identify the nest and treat the colony directly. Vergo pest control professionals have the experience to correctly identify your ants and treat them appropriately.
Our qualified team of technicians are all professionally trained and certified to be able to provide you with solutions that will solve your ant issue as quickly and efficiently as possible. Vergo is a certified BPCA member, offering the British Standard for Pest Management.
Tell me about ant behaviour
Ants are social insects that live in colonies consisting of workers, queens, and young.
The workers forage for food, construct the nest and care for the young and the queen(s); the role of the queen is just to lay eggs and within a nest, one or multiple queens can be present depending on species.
Swarms of flying black garden ants that are observed on hot sunny days are made up of winged male and female ants that fly out to start new colonies in new locations. These flying ants mate during the nuptial flight, and the male dies soon after. The queen locates a suitable nesting site where she sheds her wings and spends the winter before founding a new colony the next spring.
Ants are holometabolous, meaning the life-cycle involves the separate life stages of eggs, larvae, pupae and adults. With ants, the larvae are cared for by the workers. Most black garden ant adults are worker ants, but after two or three years, the colony matures and begins to produce flying ants every year.
If you consistently see lines or trails of ants moving in and out of a particular area, it could lead you to a nest. Spotting a large number of ants in one location, especially indoors, will indicate signs of a nest. Some nests may be visible, especially outdoors, piles of soil or sandy patches will be a clear sign.