By Country Queries of The Field
Monday, 15 October 2012
This year we have been plagued by ants, in particular flying ants. At one stage we had three flying ants' nests in the house. How can I prevent a repeat as I believe ants won't do a timber-framed house any good?
BST, by email
Certain ants, such as carpenter ants, like wood whether it is damp or dry.
They don't eat the wood but can be attracted to the house by food and set up home. Flying ants appear once a year, usually when there has been a lot of rain followed by hot weather.
If the original colony is already set up in your home the queens will choose to set up their new nests there.
Firstly, remove all flying ants with an aerosol that kills on contact as this will help prevent the queens from setting up new colonies.
Try to locate the colonies in the house; if this wasn't done at the time of flight, check for sawdust, wet wood or an unusual noise coming from the walls.
There is a range of products to kill ants; try to find one suitable for your environment, particularly if you have children or pets.
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