Apart from being unsightly ants can contaminate food stuffs, short electrical wires and weaken structures through persistent tunneling. One of the most common ants that cause problems in the UK is the black garden ant (Lasius niger) of the subgenus Lasius, found all over Europe and in some parts of North America. Worldwide there are over 10,000 species of ant including some of LANDGUARDs favourites the “crazy ants” – the raspberry crazy ant, tawny crazy ant and longhorn crazy ant – so called due to their quick, unpredictable movements.
How to prevent ants entering your property
- Clean thoroughly, in particular food and drink spillages – These are a primary attraction to your property for ants.
- Ensure the kitchen or staff room is free of food debris with particular reference to sweet or sugary items that will draw ants in.
- Disinfect work surfaces and cracks and crevices to disrupt the pheromone trail that ants leave/follow.
- Block off entry/exit points by running a sealant along cracks and crevices and filling holes.