How To Avoid Flying Ants In The Home

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How To Avoid Flying Ants In The Home

Don’t Suffer From Ants This Summer

We Can Cure The Problem

Only people who have experienced it will know the true horror of flying ants in the home.

Having an infestation of normal wingless ants is bad enough but when they go through their annual mating ritual the situation can become unbearable.

Ants often build colonies under the floors and in the cavity walls of our homes and this colonies will continue for many years if left untreated getting progressively worse each year.

Our homes are warm and dry and provide the ideal places for a thriving ant colony; even ‘solid’ concrete floor is permeable to an ant.

Our central heating system maintains their metabolism even in winter and my earliest ‘ant job’ was on my birthday, January 9th!

Ants love a sandy soil and there are many places in Lancashire, Cheshire and Manchester which tend to produce more ant problems than others, Southport, Blackpool, Bolton, Sale & Altrincham spring  to mind as hot ant properties.

Unfortunately it is during their mating phase that they are most troublesome. Here in Lancashire, Cheshire and Manchester this tends to be fairly regularly around the third or fourth week in July.

Ants mate on the wing and around mid-summer they produce winged immature Queens and winged males which in nature would fly off and mate on the wing. Many thousands of these winged ants are produced per nests and nests tend to synchronise their release so that they mate with ants form other nests.

Invariably this process commences after a couple of days of very hot, dry weather  and will usually last for about a week although isolated releases will occur throughout most of June, July & August.

Unfortunately when the nest is under the floor of the house the results can be catastrophic, literally thousands of flying ants emerge into the lower rooms, collecting on windows as they head for the light.

This can be extremely distressing for some people leading to severe emotional trauma to the extent that people learn to dread the summer and have actually sold their homes to escape the plague of ants which they know is coming.

The wet summer of 2012 meant that ant problems were down on previous years but nature has a way of catching up and 2015 looks set to be a particularly troublesome year.

Most people who have this problem attempt DIY solutions with powders from hardware shops etc but mostly these efforts are fruitless as they are not addressing the heart of the problem which is the nest itself, safely hidden in the cavity wall or sub-floor area. In order to destroy a nest it is necessary to kill the queen as she can go on laying eggs for up to fifteen years.

Fortunately for many people a solution is at hand.

At Harrier Pest Prevention we are able to cure this problem and issue an extendable three year guarantee.

The process involves novel liquid ant gels which are far more effective than anything we have previously used.

The gels have an active ingredient which is slow acting allowing the ants to return to their nests and distribute the poison by their normal habit of trophallaxis (passing food one to another).

This means that over a period of 10 – 14 days the colony collapses and is gone forever.

This treatment can be carried out at any time of the year when ants are active but is best carried out in spring and early summer in order to prevent the mid-summer flying ant phase.

As a special offer before our busy times begin we are offering a treatment with a one year guarantee for just £95 (normal sized property) or a four year guarantee for £150. Offers end April 30 2015. Whilst we normally cover the whole of Lancashire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester, we may be prepared to travel a little further afield but this will be reflected in increased cost.

 

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