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About Ants in Ireland

The black garden ant, simply known as the “black ant” is one of the most common ant species in Ireland.

Normally ants begin foraging for food as early as January but their presence becomes more noticeable as the summer months approach. (PestGuard has noted a distinct increase in ant activity and resultant calls from homes and businesses over the past few years.)

Ants tend to reside outdoors under patios and flagstones but can also take up residence indoors if they find suitable crevices and cavities. Generally though, they will only come indoors in search of food. Once they find an attractive source of food it can set in motion that familiar military style back and forth march as they transport food back to the colony. Ants tend to enjoy the same sort of foods as we do so it’s not surprising they often find it advantageous to put their roots down near to us. All ants are particularly attracted to sweet and sticky food.

Black ants are harmless to human health in the sense that they do not inflict bites or sting people and they don’t spray formic acid. Luckily Ireland isn’t prone to some of the more dangerous species of ants which can cause real issues, not just to people, in some cases their presence in large numbers can even compromise a building’s foundation.

How does a home / business get rid of ants?

There really is no silver bullet as such and the best approach is usually to adopt an Integrated Pest Management approach (IPM). Each incidence of infestation will require its own tailored solution but some of the general preventative tactics and practices underpinning IPM can be outlined as follows:

  1. Identifying the species of ant: Different types of ants requires different pest control management so it is essential to identify the species.
  2. Ant behaviour: Identifying where the ants are located, their normal movements and any particular or distinctive behaviour.
  3. Water sources: Ants need water to survive so make sure leaky pipes and taps are fixed and that gutter and drainpipes are functioning correctly and directing water into drains.
  4. Housekeeping: Obviously it is very important to try and minimise opportunities for ants to find a potential food source. This means removing crumbs and food particles from counter tops and floors, washing up plates asap and keeping dishwashers closed. Also cleaning out microwaves and keeping rubbish bins properly sealed. If eating while washing TV make sure you clean around that area afterwards. Likewise if eating outside it’s just as important to clean away food afterwards.
  5. Exclusion: Worker ants gain access to your home through gaps, cracks and holes so seal these potential access points. Use a vacuum to remove any ants you see inside the house and clean away any ant “tracks” with a wet cloth or sponge to remove chemical traces which essentially can act as a form of GPS systems for ants.

Your professional pest control company can help you put these techniques into practice:

Using insecticides

If you do use insecticides or ant control products make sure you carefully follow the instructions for use.

To ensure the most  effective pest control however contact a reputable pest control company