As the majority of ant species prefer sunny climates, our environment is perfect for ants to thrive. Ants are ubiquitous. There are around 15,000 ant species and subspecies worldwide. Our buildings are ideal for ants because they provide shelter, food, warmth and water. You may see them in roof voids and subfloors, in your kitchen, along the edge of the building and in and around pet bowls.
Major Species Of Ants Found:
Sugar Ants, Samsoon / Samsun Ants (Pachycondyla Sennaarensis), Fire Ants (Solenopis Germinata), Carpenter Ants, Pharaoh Ants (Monomorium Pharaonic)
Tiny, major workers 3mm long with reddish-yellow body and end of gaster black; minor workers 2mm long with head and mesosoma pale in color; two nodes. Polymorphic, with major and minor workers.
The life cycle of the ant consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Fertilized eggs produce female ants (queens, workers, or soldiers); unfertilized eggs produce male ants. Egg: Ant eggs are oval shaped and tiny (they are on the order of 1 mm long, but the queen’s egg is many times larger).
From small with single queen and hundreds of workers to large with several queens and several hundred thousand workers.
Commonly seen in backyards, gardens and parks. Preferred nesting sites in warm and humid areas near sources of food and water. Forms visible trails from nest. Indoors, ants will use electrical and telephone wires, plumbing and other utility lines as trail routes. Has a wide preference for foods with protein and sugar content and forages very actively for water sources can be unusual – aquariums, pet dishes, condensation on plumbing fixtures, air conditioners, house plants and even from wounds of immobile patients in healthcare facilities.
Spread disease because they can scavenge for food in garbage areas, dog excrement and other unsanitary areas. These disease carrying organisms can then be tracked into our homes and onto our food.
We will apply special ant bait – Granular or Gel depending on the problem and circumstances, which is licensed and formulated for Ant control. This is relatively safe for you and your children and pets.
The bait is applied to out of reach places for your added peace of mind in specially designed Ant Bait Stations.
We may apply a special surface spray which is licensed and formulated for Ant control. This is applied to the perimeter of your home or building.
What You Can Do With Our Help and Advice Sanitation
You can reduce food and water available to Ants. One way you can help is to avoid keeping rubbish indoors overnight.
Stock: Ensure regular stock rotation and also inspect incoming food stock.
Storage: Ensure food is stored above the ground and clear of walls.
Garbage: Ensure your garbage is kept secure and locked.
Track down where ants are coming in and seal off the entry point. Clear up any sticky residues on worktops, because ants are attracted to sweet things. Cover up any foodstuffs which could be a food source for ants.
Bite and Sting
There are some species of Ants such as Fire Ants that can both bite and sting and cause much discomfort.
Few years back there was a fatality in Al Ain due to Ant bite. Ant bites can cause severe allergies.
Have unsightly ant trails and mounds. In some instances ants have caused cracks in paths due to their excavations.
What We Do
Set up a guaranteed program to control ants in a building and to help reduce their populations in their surrounding environment and advise how you can help reduce future problems. It is not possible to completely eradicate ants in the grounds surrounding a building as this is determined by environmental factors such as sunlight, rain, contact with soil and the efficacy of the pesticides that are licensed for use in UAE.