Pharoah ant colony takes over apartment building!
A grandmother has called for a building ridden with colonies of pharaoh ants to be treated after her daughter-in-law found the insects crawling over her baby son's toys.
She says the flat her son and his wife live in with their young son has had major problems with the pests.
The housing agency which runs the block, has carried out 25 (yes 25) separate operations to remove the tiny creatures from flats in Moulsford Mews.
However the grandmother says they keep coming back, and the only way to solve the issue is to treat the entire building.
She said: "It's been a nightmare."
"My son and his partner had ants coming out of their plug sockets and in the bathroom. I was here the other day and we found them crawling all over my grandson's toys."
The family's flat has been treated with poison, which has helped the problem, but other families with small children are also being affected.
A spokesman for the housing agency said: "We take the health and wellbeing of our customers very seriously, and we have been working to solve the issue since it was first flagged to us in December 2016, following reports from our customers, we arranged for our pest control contractors to attend on 25 occasions to treat individual flats and parts of the communal areas."
"All of these treatments were duly completed and seem to have cleared the issue in individual flats and we are now working to arrange for our contractor to treat again both individual flats and communal areas to ensure that the problem is fully eradicated, this may require up to four visits."
Pharaoh ants are small yellow ants that are found all around the world and are considered to be a major pest.
They have an incredible ability to survive in indoor areas and have caused major problems by infesting hospitals, as they can spread disease and contaminate sterile equipment.
They cause huge problems because they repeatedly form new colonies by "budding" where a small group of workers and a single queen break off from their colony. This forms a new colony, the size of which can be up to 300,000 of the insects.
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