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We specialise in Ant
control & removal

The common black ant can be found in many parts of the world and occurs with great frequency across the UK, often close to and in association with human dwellings.

Information

Common Black Ant/Garden Ant (Lasius Niger)

Within a common black ant nest, there will be only one queen and infertile female ants will become workers looking for food. They are seldom more than a nuisance and are not known to transmit serious disease organisms like some other ant species. However, they have a wide spectrum of acceptable foods and sometimes accessing these foods requires walking across unsavoury and unclean areas leading to ants invading houses or commercial premises being considered unacceptable.

Pharaoh’s Ants (Monomorium Pharaonis)

The Pharaoh’s ant is a species of the tropics and subtropics, believed to originate from North Africa or the Mediterranean area. However, since its first recorded sighting in Britain in the early years of the 19th Century, the Pharaoh’s ant is now found widely throughout the British Isles in suitably warm buildings. Unlike the common black ant, Pharaoh’s ants are an indoor species in the UK and are particularly associated with hospitals, prisons and other institutions and increasingly in large urban 

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Appearance

  • 2-3mm in length
  • Large head with a slim thorax and elbowed antenna
  • Fertile male and female ants are winged and may be seen mating in the air during warmer afternoons

Habits

  • Foraging workers can often find their way into properties in search of food. 
  • Once a food source has been found, a trail is laid by the ants for more to follow
  • Black ants favour sweet sticky foods and large numbers of ants can very quickly invade for a good food source

Life Cycle

  • New ant colonies are started by a single fertilised female
  • Eggs are laid and hatch into grubs after three to four weeks
  • Grubs will pupate after around three weeks and adult ants will emerge usually less than two weeks later
  • . Males often die quickly after mating and only a small proportion of mated females will survive to start a new colony

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