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What to do about ants in the house.

By |August 24th, 2020|

Ant infestations are common in the UK and we’re especially likely to see ants in our homes and gardens during the summer months. If you have ever seen an ants’ nest, you will be well aware that these little insects don’t gather in small numbers.

While colony sizes can vary hugely depending on the species, you can typically expect to see anything from hundreds up to thousands of ants in one single infestation. As you can imagine, it’s important to deal with an ant problem as soon as possible if you want to avoid sharing your home with huge swarms of these creatures.

What exactly should you do if you notice an ant problem in your house?

Find the entry point

Most people think the first thing they should do is treat the ant infestation but it’s actually a better idea to identify how they’re getting into your home first. This way you can block any entry points and stop more insects coming in.

Because ants can fit through even tiny gaps, it may take a bit of time to work out where they’re coming from. The best way to do this is to observe them when they’re on the move but entry points are most likely to be in inner house walls, window frames or small cracks or holes in the building structure.

Once you’ve discovered how they’re getting in, seal it and clean it. If an open window is the source of the problem, consider installing a screen so you can still get fresh air without letting in pests.

Locate the ants’ nest

Once you’ve figured out where the ants are coming from, it should be pretty easy to find the nest because chances are it’s nearby. If you target ants on an individual basis, you’ll be fighting a losing battle which is why it’s important to find the nest. Eliminate the nest and you’ll eliminate the entire problem.

Lure ants with bait

A plate of sweet, sticky food such as honey or syrup will do a great job of attracting them. Fried foods can do the trick as well but different things work better at different times of the year so do some experimenting. You will notice an increase in the number of ants but don’t be alarmed. This is actually a good thing because the more ants you have carrying poison back to the nest, the more ants you can eliminate.

You can buy ant poison from most supermarkets or DIY shops – simply place it by your bait stations and ants will carry it back to their nest.

Some natural ways to eliminate an ant infestation include:

  • Put mint around entry points and around the perimeter of your home – this is a natural insect repellent.
  • Mix a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray directly onto ants when you see them.
  • Ants leave scent trails when they find food so you need to eliminate these to prevent them from coming back. You can do this using disinfectant, bleach or a solution of one part lemon juice to three parts water.

If you have an ant infestation, the most effective removal method is to call a professional pest controller. They will also be able to give you advice which can help prevent future outbreaks. To book your free pest control audit by getting in touch with us today either via our online form or by calling us on 053 9420224.

How to deal with wasps

By |August 11th, 2020|

With wasp nests capable of housing thousands of these stinging insects at a time, it’s not surprising that a wasp infestation can be somewhat unnerving.

Whether you’ve located a nest or seem to be batting away wasps all day long, it’s important to get the problem seen to as soon as possible. As summer progresses, nests grow rapidly in size which means that the number of wasps increases too.

What’s even more problematic is that as autumn draws closer and food supplies become scarce, wasps become increasingly aggressive. It’s therefore very important that you don’t try to take matters into your own hands. Always call a qualified professional wasp pest controller who will be able to eradicate an infestation quickly and safely.

If you’re not sure whether or not you have a wasp problem, Prokill will be able to confirm this for you. Other signs include:

  • It goes without saying but if you regularly notice a lot of wasps in or around your home, there could be a nest nearby
  • Some species of wasps build their nests by chewing wood so you may notice holes or tunnels appearing in wooden surfaces on the exterior of your home
  • You can see a nest. Wasps typically make their nests from chewed wood pulp and saliva, which is what gives them that distinct papery wall. You’re more likely to find them in quiet, sheltered areas which provide easy access to the outside world. This can include roof spaces, wall cavities, under eaves, in bird boxes, sheds, garages or if you’re really unlucky – in wardrobes or the corners of quiet rooms in the house

How do I get rid of a wasp nest?

If you try to remove or destroy a wasp nest, the wasps inside will naturally feel threatened and therefore become aggressive. As they fight to defend their nest and their young, they will sting you.

With potentially thousands of angry wasps going after you, trying to remove a nest by yourself is best case scenario, incredibly painful and worst case scenario, very dangerous.

Please call a professional pest controller to deal with the problem for you. They will be able to eliminate the wasps and keep you and your family safe from the threat of being stung.

All of our technicians have special protective gear to keep safe during treatment and because we’re BPCA (British Pest Control Association) certified, you can be rest assured that you’re in safe hands.

How to prevent a wasp infestation

Prevention of a wasp infestation is key of you want to avoid any problems with them – especially during the summer months when they’re most active. In order to do this:

  • Regularly check for nests in your home, garden, loft, shed and in cavity walls. A nest in its early stages is much easier to remove than one that’s reached maturity
  • Keep rubbish in a bin with a secure lid – wasps are attracted to its contents, especially towards the end of summer when food supplies aren’t as plentiful
  • Keep windows and doors closed or install insect screens so they can’t enter your property

To book in for your free pest control audit, get in touch with Prokill today.

To find out more, head over to our wasp pest control service page.  Alternatively, you can get in touch to book your free, no obligation pest audit, complete our online form or call us on 053 9420224.