Ants can cause a problem, however this is more of a nuisance than a health problem.
Ants that are normally seen in this country is the common black ant, and of course the red ant, less common is the yellow meadow ant, which is normally seen in the warm areas of the garden.
All of these ants carry out the scavenging of dead insects and aphids in the garden, where we are all only too happy to leave them alone.
When they infringe into our living areas, we are at war with them and they must go.
Pharaoh ants are a different type of ant, and cannot be killed in the normal manner of ant destruction, if Pharaoh ants are killed as per normal ants, the colony will split several times, which will cause a relatively small job to clear them into a major task.
Although pharaoh ants feed on a wide variety of foodstuffs, including syrups, sugar, honey, cake, breads, and butter, they apparently prefer grease, meat, and fat.
Pharaoh ants nest almost anywhere and in some very unusual places which in turn make the control of these ants difficult to say the least.
Nest sites are usually associated with favourable humidity, temperature, and light, not with proximity to food. Pharaoh ants will forage fairly long distances from their nesting sites in search of food.
Pharaoh ants have become particularly well adapted to living in close association with people. They prefer areas where the temperature is about 80°F and the humidity 80%, but they do well within a moderate range on either side of these figures.
If you have a ant problem, contact us on any of the details above.
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