Here at Whelan Pest Prevention, our team are on hand seven days a week to tackle any sudden infestation of ants in both domestic and commercial properties.
Regardless of how extensive the infestation is, you can rely on our qualified and trained team to provide you with quick and efficient results.
From removal to prevention, we undertake all aspects of ant control to keep your home free of ants all year around.
We provide this service to clients across a wide range of locations, including but not limited to:
Our team are available 24 hours a day, and you will always receive a guaranteed rapid-fast response time, so you won’t be kept waiting. You can learn more about ants, as well as the service that we provide to rid your property of these unwanted guests, below. Alternatively, if you would like to arrange a site visit, you can call our team 24/7.
Ants are, by and large, one of the most easily identifiable insects around, easily identified by their distinctive shape and by their antennae. They are social insects that exist within a hive-like structure that consists of hundreds, if not thousands or even millions of ants. Within the hive is a strict hierarchy which consists of workers and soldiers and usually a single Queen which work in tandem to support the entire colony.
Due to their highly adaptable nature, ants have successfully colonised virtually every known land mass in the world.
From adapting to predators and climate change to seeking out much-needed resources, they are a species that is built to survive. It is this ability to adapt that makes them so adept at establishing an invasive presence in buildings.
What many people don’t realise is that ants are actually related to wasps and bees. Around 130 million years ago, they lost their wings (though certain species of ant are still capable of flight). At present, there are believed to be around 22,000 different species of ant throughout the world.
The most common ones to be found here in the UK are:
Pharaoh’s Ants are a tropical species of ant which thrives in warmer climates. As such, they are commonly found lurking in hospitals, hotels, and blocks of flats where the temperature is preferable. They are smaller than garden ants measuring just 1.5-2mm with the Queen growing to around 4-6mm long. Because of their diet, which consists of decomposing food, this species can transmit harmful germs, so food contamination is a serious consideration.
Red Fire Ants are a particular nuisance to property owners as they are capable of delivering a nasty sting to both animals and humans. The sting from a single Red Fire Ant is extremely painful, and the Queen is capable of laying around 150-200 eggs per day with a colony easily reaching 100,000 ants. Red Fire Ants grow to around 3mm long with the Queen growing to around 6mm long. They are a reddish brown colour and usually build mounds around 2ft in height in open, sunny spaces.
These are your most common variety of ants and usually measure around 4-5mm in size with the Queen growing as large as 15mm. If your parents ever told you as a kid to keep the lid on the jam jar, it’s likely they were referring to Garden Ants. This species is attracted to sweet foods, and once they discover a food source, they will leave behind pheromone trails – a road map telling the rest of the hive exactly where to go. Queens usually lay their eggs in soil, but can also lay them in brickwork or under bark too.
While small nests can be combatted using shop-purchased products, you will require a professional service to tackle larger infestations, especially if there is more than one. You will also require a professional service if Pharaoh’s Ants are involved. Here at Whelan Pest Prevention, our qualified and trained team are able to quickly identify the species of ant involved.
We understand the habits of each species, which allows us to quickly adapt our approach to one that we feel will be most effective. As well as a fast and efficient service, we also keep a range of insecticides on hand ensuring that the problem is fully dealt with by the time we leave. What’s more, is that you can be assured of the highest level of safety for both your family and pets.
For commercial properties, Whelan Pest Prevention is on hand to provide a free, no-obligation survey. Depending on the nature of the business, some commercial properties (e.g. warehouses) are more likely to be invaded by tropical species of ant. Fortunately, our team are equipped to handle any infestation providing a full identification of the species, eradication, and prevention to protect against future infestations. We can even carry out regular inspections to ensure that your commercial property remains ant-free.
With our commercial pest control, your business will avoid any unpleasant consequences, including:
For further advice or to request a visit from a member of our team, call Whelan Pest Prevention today .