Ants can contaminate food in businesses… and homes
Controlling an outbreak of ants
When we get calls from a business or homeowner to come and control an outbreak of ants the culprit we face is – almost always – Black Ants (or common garden ants).
Although any diseases or infections they might carry naturally are not generally regarded as a threat to human health, the Black Ants do tend to pass through unhygienic substances in their search for food. Therefore, they can bring contamination into your premises indirectly.
Once they’re in, if they then infiltrate a food source in your kitchen, such as an open cereal box or a knife lying beside a jar of jam – or enter a commercial food production facility –contamination can occur, leading to a potential human health hazard. This represents a huge problem for food production businesses in particular, as the law states that food and drink must be fit for human consumption.
Scheduled Pest Control Protection for ants contamination
Active Pest Solutions can deal with an ant infestation as a one-off call-out, but peace of mind is delivered with our pest control contracts, which mean scheduled visits can help prevent problems with ants occurring in the first place, through our professional ant control measures.
We also get asked to tackle ants In residential houses as a common pest control problem. We can reassure any anxious homeowner reading today’s blog that by calling us immediately we can deal with any problem swiftly and effectively.
Food for thought
Ants aren’t just a problem for people preparing food. They’re an unwelcome visitor for any business, leaving customers with the impression that cleanliness generally is not sufficient.
A hairdresser’s shop in Leven recently needed our ant control services after ants invaded their front-of-shop area. We used a baiting system to eradicate the ants quickly and without any evidence visible to customers. No impact to their business.
We’ve also had to respond to a similar ant infestation in Kinross-shire, where a local conference centre sought our professional pest control services after ants infested their dining area. While aunts might be a welcome addition to your delegate list, ants never are!
Similarly, we have also been called in to deal with ants in an Indian restaurant’s food preparation area. We did so quickly and effectively to the immense relief of the owner. If customers were to see the ants the perception would obviously be bad. But the truth is that even the most hygienic and professionally run establishment can fall victim to ants. This might perhaps be because of less well-organised neighbours, or temporary changes in local environmental conditions.
The impact of weather conditions can be another cause for infestations. A swarm of flying ants affected another Fife business last year, causing immediate distress and concern to staff. Again, we were able to intervene quickly and clear the problem.
This issue is one we see most often in summer months, but whatever your ant problem and whenever it arises, you can call us on 01577 862035 – and we’ll solve your ant problem too.