Ant Treament & Control Services for Homes & Businesses in Reading

Ants

Black Garden Ant (Lasius niger)

The commonest species of ant that invades houses is the Black Garden Ant (Lasius niger).

All ants have the main divisions of the body (head, thorax, abdomen) distinctly separated by very narrow waists and have a sharp elbow joint in their antennae. They are highly organised social insects. It is the foraging worker ants that invade buildings in search of food. These are from 3 to 5mm in length and are attracted to sweet foodstuffs which they take back to the nest to feed to the larvae and queen.

Flying ants are the reproductive males and females. These mating ants are winged and have a nuptial swarming flight when conditions are perfect, any time between June and August. Mating takes place in the air and the female then seeks out a nest site where she stays for the winter, laying eggs the following spring in order to start up a new colony.

Black garden ants are not vectors of disease, however they can become a nuisance by way of their foraging behaviour.

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  • Brown ants (Lasius Brunneus)

    Brown ants once unheard of are now becoming a problem in properties. They infest damp rotten wood and we are finding them where for instance a shower or bath has leaked over time causing structural timber to become damp, this simulates the natural woodland habit of these ants. Once established a colony can infest and excavate through damp and rotting timber this activity will potentially compromise the structural integrity of timber within a building. The only solution is to repair the leak, remove building fabric to expose all damp rotten and infested timber. Brown ants will infest nearly all types of insulation materials, colonies will survive for many years within the fabric of a building. Arrange for us to treat the infested area prior to the reinstatement of new sound timber and the building fabric.

    Call Vermatech today to arrange an appointment.

    All works carried out will be undertaken by fully qualified, trained technicians to RSPH Level 2 or equivalent.

    Pharaoh’s ants (Monomorium pharaonis)

    Pharaoh’s ants are originally a tropical species of ant which has adapted to surviving in temperate regions by living in centrally heated buildings. It is found in domestic premises, hospitals, zoos, prisons, food manufacturing premises etc.

    The multi-nesting behaviour of this ant means there is a likelihood of colonisation spreading throughout the building is high. Because of their small size they can be a considerable nuisance in food preparation areas.

    Control of these ants can be made extremely difficult when conventional insecticides are used. This can cause worker ants to create satellite colonies to spread throughout a building.

    We advise Pharaoh’s ant treatments are best carried out by professional pest controllers used to dealing with this species.

    Call Vermatech today to arrange an appointment.

    All works carried out will be undertaken by fully qualified, trained technicians to RSPH Level 2 or equivalent.

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    Common Insects and Rodents

    Below are a list of some of the more typical rodents and insects we provide pest control for.

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    Rats

    There are two species of rat in Britain, Rattus Norvegicus which is commonly known as the Brown Rat or Common Rat. The Rattus Rattus, referred to as the Black Rat or Ship Rat is now rarely found in the UK.

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    Mice

    The House Mouse, and sometimes the Long-Tailed Field Mouse are found in buildings as they seek the warmth and shelter for nesting sites and food.

    Squirrels

    Grey Squirrels

    Deliberately introduced to this country sometime in the 19th century, the grey squirrel has spread throughout most of mainland England & Wales. Mainly a resident of broadleaved and mixed woodlands it is also a typical resident of urban parks and gardens.

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    Cockroaches

    Cockroaches are distinguished by their very long whip-like antennae, flat oval bodies and rapid, jerky walk. There are two main species of cockroach in Britain the German and Oriental Cockroaches.

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    Fleas

    The most common species of Flea is the Cat Flea, known for readily biting humans. The Bird Flea are next in importance, followed by dog fleas, although other species may become temporarily attached to dogs.

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    Wasps & Hornets

    If you are seeing a large number of wasps or hornets in and around your home or work, there’s probably a wasps’ nest or a attractant nearby.

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    Cluster Flies

    Are found in numerous locations during Autumn to Spring, but usually in lofts, window frames including sash windows and timber cladding.

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    Ants

    The commonest species of ant that invades houses is the Black Garden Ant (Lasius niger). Black garden ants are not vectors of disease, however they can become a nuisance by way of their foraging behaviour.

    What Our Clients Say

    Mrs M

    Henley-on-Thames

    Excellent service and particularly explained what would be doing and habits of wasps.

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