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Weather Has Created Perfect Recipe for Pharaoh Ants

Friday, May 22, 2015

The combination of a cold winter and relatively mild spring has created a perfect recipe for Pharaoh ants, according to experts. They expect the UK to have significant problems with the pests this year, in all regions, and in multiple environments. Pharaoh ants should begin emerging in large numbers imminently.

[Tenuous link to the Pharaohs of Egypt - we're sorry! - but it's more interesting than an ant we think.]

Pharaoh ants are not native to the UK. They are tropical creatures originally, having come to our shores by stowing away on transatlantic ships. Now that they are here though, they are extremely difficult to get rid of. A primary defence mechanism used by Pharaoh ant colonies increases their survivability.

When Pharaoh ants are treated with ineffective pesticides, the many survivors send signals back to the nest to warn the rest of the colony. That colony then divides itself and spreads out as a means of increasing survival chances. When consumers attempt to treat Pharaoh ants using over-the-counter insecticides, they may inadvertently be triggering this natural defence mechanism and causing greater problems.

Consumers should be aware that Pharaoh ants are known to spread diseases including typhoid and dysentery. They do so by contaminating food that is then eaten by their human hosts. Pharaoh ants should be dealt with as soon as they are discovered, by calling in an experienced pest control company such as Pest Control Berkshire.

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Pest Control Berkshire is a Newbury-based business having provided reliable and affordable pest control in Berkshire for more than 20 years. We have the knowledge, expertise, and products to effectively eradicate Pharaoh ants found on your premises. We urge you not to try to deal with these pests on your own. Instead, let us handle it for you. We are the experts.

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Also, be on the lookout for wasps and hornets this spring and summer. Experts say these will be as equally troublesome as Pharaoh ants. The perfect weather recipe that allows the ants to flourish is equally favourable to these other insects. Moreover, as with Pharaoh ants, you should avoid trying to deal with wasps and hornets using over-the-counter insecticides.

For reliable service and fast response times, call Pest Control Berkshire right away. We strive for same-day service whenever possible; we give priority to dangerous situations involving wasps, hornets and other pests. Our service area extends for 25 miles beyond our Newbury offices to include all of Berkshire and limited portions of surrounding counties.


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