The Black Ant
Types of Ant Problem
There are thousands of different species of ant but the most common ones in the UK are:
Garden Ants (also known as Black Ants): Worker ants are 4-5mm long but the Queen can be as big as 15mm. The life cycle is mainly spent outside. Nests are usually found in damp soil under flag stones or airbricks, with an average number of ants per nest of 15-20,000. Sandy soils are especially attractive to this ant.
Pharoah’s Ants: Worker ants are between 1.5 -2mm long and the Queen could be as big as 4 – 6mm long. These ants are tropical in origin but have become a serious pest of some hospital premises and blocks of flats. This ant’s diet is largely of decomposing foodstuffs and it can carry harmful germs picked up when it has been feeding.
Argentine Ants: Again another tropical ant invading warm buildings. Not very common. The brownish queen is 4-6mm in length and thus by far the largest ant in the colony. There are usually a number of queens in a nest. The eggs are deposited throughout the year unless temperatures drop below 65degrees F.
How to Control Ants if they become a problem
Some DIY products can deal with a small ant infestation in the home. However, a professional pest control service will be required for larger or multiple infestations and certainly when the ants are of a tropical nature such as Pharoah’s Ants. CSS Pest Services understands the biology and the habits of the infesting species and the techniques combined with the correct professional insecticide to deal with these ants. We can conduct spot treatments or you may consider having a more robust ant treatment service cover that will allow the quick detection and treatment of future infestations. The service we provide is fast and effective and our safety levels are always at the forefront of treatment.
For further advice on ant control call us free on 0800 254 5003 and if you need help we’ll send our friendly, professional staff round to assist you.
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