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How to get rid of Ants

Firstly, we carry out a full survey of the your premises to assess the extent and severity of the woodworm problem.

We then design a tailored treatment for your premises. All types of  woodworm infestation can be treated no matter how long or short a time the problem has been present.

To treat woodworm effectively one section of the life cycle of the beetle needs to be targeted. The best area to target is the larval stage. This stages does most of the damage and their location is ascertained by our survey.

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What is woodworm?

Woodworm is the general term given to the larval stage of a number of different wood boring insects. A wood worm infestation can cause serious structural issues if left untreated for any length of time

Adult beetles lay their eggs in cracks in wood. In the wild this doesn’t cause problems but in a house or premises this can be in roof timbers, floors, furniture and any wooden objects. The larvae hatch from the eggs and burrow deeply into the wood and begin feeding. This creates a series of tunnels in the woods structure over a period of years and greatly reduces the structural integrity. In roof timbers this can be a major issue.

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How do I know I have a woodworm problem?

  • Bore Dust – Holes in timber caused by emerging adult beetles. Most times this can be the first sign of a problem.
  • Exit Holes – These holes appear in the wood often round or oval in shape and the wood inside appears fresh and clean.
  • Tunnels – If wood is broken open, tunnels can be seen inside showing where the larvae have eaten away at the wood while feeding.
  • Damaged wood– Wood over time becomes weakened and can crumble when touched or can break when weight is applied.
  • Beetles– the beetles themselves are big enough to be sees and both living and dead beetles can be found upon inspection of infected wood. The live adult beetles normally emerge between May and October.

Main types of beetle found in Ireland

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Powder post Beetle (Lyctus Brunneus)

  • Usually 4-7mm in length & red/brown colour.
  • Life cycle 1 Year
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Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium Punctatum)

  • Usually 3-4mm in length
  • Larvae can live for up to 5 Years
  • Can infest most types of wood
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House Longhorn Beetle (Hylotrupes Bajulus)

  • Usually 8-25mm in length
  • Black brown in colour
  • Larvae tunnel for between 3-11 Years
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How To Get Rid of Ants

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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

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