Rentokil has had a 53% increase in the number of callouts to treat infestations between January and May, compared to the same period last year.
Warmer temperatures in recent weeks have caused the ant season to start earlier than usual with swarms of red and common black garden ants evident across the country. The insects normally mate in mid-July.
Rentokil have suggested that we are clearly seeing more worker ants this year compared to last year, which may indicate larger nests.
They have warned that this may lead to bigger swarms this month when they take nuptial flight (become flying ants).
Rentokil is advising home and business owners to be vigilant against ants this summer to prevent infestations indoors where they may build nests, given the chance.
Dr. Colm Moore, the area technical manager for Rentokil, said: “Ants are more than just a nuisance for homes and businesses.
"Ants can pose a serious problem if they get into food supplies, they can also damage property, structures and equipment. They also can help the spread of diseases in high risk or sensitive areas e.g. hospitals."
Here are some tips for preventing ant problems in your home and business:
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