Monday 2 October 2006 6.43pm
A couple of years ago this block was treated for
's. Identification was a bit suspect as the pest controller couldn't make up his mind whether they were ghost or pharaoh ants. However as their habits are similar and treatment is the same it didn't really matter.
Unfortunately as not all flats were treated, the ants re-colonised the building again. I managed to buy a supply of UNI-TRACT Gourmet Ant Gel
(which is brilliant) and wiped them out in my flat in a few days but as several adjoining flats are overrun it's only a matter of time before they re-appear. And now the council have started issuing everyone with clear recycling bags for cereal boxes, drink cans and bottles and suchlike which must not be put outside except on collection day once a week. So keeping these bags indoors for up to a week is like laying on a permanent food supply for the ants. Even washing cans and bottles still leaves many other food containers with enough residue to attract the ants.
And these ghost ants are aptly named as they're very difficult to spot until they gain a foothold and start feeding en masse.