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  • As the majority of ant species prefer warmer temperatures, so our climate is not suitable for many of them. However, the ant species found in the UK can be a nuisance when they get into your home. Garden or Black ants aren’t thought to carry diseases, the trouble is you don’t know where they’ve been foraging outside, so you won’t want them marching through your food cupboards. Ants will travel in a wide range searching for food, following chemical trails they have established and clustering around the source of food, becoming a nuisance in homes and businesses. Outside, small piles of earth around holes in the soil and at the base of exterior walls can indicate their origin.

If you've found a few ants sneaking into your home, there are steps you can take yourself to help elevate the problem:  

  • Watch carefully to track down where they are coming into your home, and seal off the entry points

  • Clear up any sticky residues on worktops and tables, because most ants are attracted to 'sweet things'

  • Cover up, put away or securely seal any foodstuffs which could be a source of food for ants

  • There are thousands of ant species worldwide, but in the cooler UK climate the Garden or Black Ant is the most resilient species to live outdoors in nutrient-rich, moist environments. Tropical ant species such as Roger's, Ghost and Pharaoh's Ants only survive with the warmth provided inside heated buildings in the UK.

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