Fees and charges

Latest fees and charges can be viewed using the following link: Pest Control Charges.

General Information

  • Ants form nests in gardens, under paving stones, in foundations or occasionally within buildings.
  • They live in a large group and search widely for food to take back to the nest.
  • Often enter properties looking for sweet foods in particular.
  • May damage food and cause a nuisance but are unlikely to carry any disease.
  • In the late summer winged and large females will be produced from the nest and may emerge in large numbers close to or inside property. The winged ants fly away mating on the wing and eventually settling exhausted. The males usually die quickly and a small number of mated females will survive to form new colonies.

Pre-Treatment Advice

  • Everything should be moved away from skirting boards in the area that needs to be treated.
  • All ant powder, spray etc put down by the Householder must be removed prior to treatment.
  • Property does not need to be vacated after treatment - just keep away from treated areas.

Advice to Customers

In the garden, ants cause no real problems and should be left alone. To prevent them coming into the home:

  • Ensure all holes are blocked up to stop searching ants entering the house.
  • Boiling water poured over the nest will kill ants near to the surface but not those deep in the nest.
  • Spray around edges of rooms affected using a crawling insect spray preferably a gun type aerosol. This can be sprayed around the nest opening, places where they are coming into the building or next to food sources. These can be brought from most hardware, DIY stores or garden centres.
  • Manufacturers instructions should be followed carefully so that no other animals or people are affected.
  • Gels or powders are usually taken back to the nest by the ants, killing those deep inside. More than one treatment may be needed so that growing insects are also killed.
  • Look for treatments that contain Permetherin. This is carried back to the nest, sterilises the queen and stops the grubs developing.
  • Treatment may take some time to destroy the nest, so any ants outside the nest, including flying ants can be killed with a fly or insect spray or dust containing bendiocarb. This can also act as a barrier around building entrance points.
  • Where there are children or pets allow sprays to dry as per instructions before allowing them into treated areas.


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