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Domestic Pharaoh Ant control

keep your home safe from Pharaoh ants

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Fast and effective pharaoh ant control for London & the South East

Tropical & Pharaoh Ant control enquires are increasing in the UK. They used to be only found in hot countries but they have become more adapted to this country using central heating and hot water pipes to survive the winter. Unlike Garden Ants, Pharaoh Ants have multiple queens and when the ant nest is large enough one queen leaves with many workers and starts another satellite nest. You should not try and treat yourself with ant powder as the poison works rapidly whereby the nest thinks they are in danger, scatter and set up new nests – this is called budding. Our expert pest controllers are experienced in dealing with pharaoh ant control and will use their knowledge and skills to fully control the nest.

HOW TO GET RID OF PHARAOH ANTS

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Our helpful, friendly teams are here to help you at each step of your journey to a pest free home.

1. Dedicated Customer Service

We are always available for advice and offer 24/7 out of hours phone line for urgent requests.

2. Survey

One of our expert surveyors will attend the property to assess options for treatment and discuss with you how to proceed.

3. Treatment

One of our experienced RSPH Level 2 trained technicians will carry our treatment in line with our integrated pest management approach.

4. Recommendations

Our technicians will provide advice and recommendations to help you prevent any future infestations.

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How do I know if I have a pharaoh ant problem?

If you think you’ve spotted signs of a Pharaoh Ant infestation, you’re in the right place. This quick guide to Pharaoh Ants will help you determine if it is in fact Pharaoh Ants you are dealing with.

If you have a Pharaoh ant infestation you will likely see small golden-coloured ants – mainly around dry humid areas – such as kitchens and bathrooms. Pharaoh ants travel between building pipes / ducting. It is often useful to speak to neighbours to see if they have any issues as it is common for ants to travel between the properties.

Pharaoh ants are sometimes confused with Ghost ants, however, Ghost ants do not follow trails.

In the average nest, there are around 170 ± 8 queens every nest, which comprises around 5.2% of the total population. Pharaoh ants form many new nest buds quickly.

There are many species of tropical ants that are only found indoors including the Ghost Ant, The Crazy Ant, Argentine Ant and, the most common of them all, the Pharaoh Ant. These are all only 2-3 mm long and therefore much smaller than the ants we see outside such as the Garden Ant, Wood Ant and Fire Ant in this country. However, to the untrained eye, these tropical ants all look very similar. It is very important to identify the correct species, because the ant control treatments involved, for example for the Pharaoh’s Ants, are completely different to the other ants. Beaver Pest Ant Control usually send a trained surveyor to assess the situation first to ensure you do not waste your money by paying out for the wrong pest control treatment.

Pharaoh Ants are straw coloured and about 2mm in length. You often see these ants in a long line because they follow pheromone trails. Unlike Garden Ants, Pharaoh Ants have multiple queens and when the ant nest is large enough one queen leaves with many workers and starts another satellite nest.

At Beaver we practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This is a sustainable approach to managing pests by combining biological, cultural, physical and chemical tools in a way that minimises economic, health, and environmental risks.

We follow the following 5 steps:

  • Inspection – In line with the CRRU guidance, ensuring a thorough survey is carried out is essential. This will be a full environmental assessment identifying: pest infestations, access points, sources of food, water & harbourage, proofing options, and any external factors which could result in pest infestations i.e overgrown vegetation.
  • Exclusion – Proofing recommendations will always be given by our technicians when identified. 
  • Restriction – Restricting the sources of food, water and harbourage will make your home less appealing to pests and can be an effective way to prevent re-infestation.
  • Destruction – This is what it says, destroying pests that do manage to find their way into your home. We use commercial-grade insecticides safely and in accordance with the label to ensure full control. 
  • Communicate – Communication is perhaps one of the most important parts of the process as a whole. At every stage of this process, our technicians will be communicating their actions and importantly the reasons for their actions to you. Explaining the importance of exclusion and restriction will in the long term benefit you as you will reduce the risk of repeated infestations. It is very important that the recommendations the technicians provide are followed to support you in having a pest-free home.

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