Ant Pest Control
Black ants foraging in both domestic and industrial premises in search for sugary foods, worker-ants can be a real nuisance pest. Our ant pest control will remove these insects and restore your home or workplace back to normal.
Black Ants Pest Control
As with all social insects, there are a number of different castes comprising a complicated community within the ants’ nest. The workers are the most common caste and the ones that are most likely to be seen by the pest controller. Males and queens are produced at certain times of the year and these are the winged individuals, the so-called flying ants, which are common on thundery days in the summer.
- The workers are about 2.5mm in length
- Colour – black or black/brown the bases of the antennae, the tarsi, and the leg joints have a yellowish colour
- The presumptive Queens and males are larger in body size, 6.6-10mm and 3.5-4.7mm respectively
- Predominantly black but on emergence from the nest they have wings
- The female loses the wings once mating has taken place
- The males die shortly after mating.
Ant societies are centred upon a complex nest that arises after the mated queen has established a small starter nest beneath the soil. The queen rears the first brood of larvae within the nest, feeding them on saliva. These larvae mature and pupate to form the first cohort of worker ants.
While she is rearing the first batch of larvae, the queen uses the reserves from her flight muscles etc. as food. The colony then grows rapidly with the queen continuing to lay eggs, which are tended and fed by the workers. The ants feed on nectar, seeds and small insects, aphid and coccid honeydew, etc. and the nests can remain viable for many years.
As mentioned above there are periods during the late summer when the sexual forms are formed, often in substantial swarms. Climate conditions affect this since the males and females exploit the thermal currents to rise and mate in mid-air. Typically mating flights occur in August, following stormy weather. Very few of these fertilised queens survive to set up colonies.
Eurasia, northern Africa, North America and carried to southern Africa.
The only indigenous British species that commonly enters houses, Lasius Niger is the most common ant in Britain. Nests are typically found in soil but may be under paving stones and concrete. When ants have nested indoors, infestations may cause problems at any time of the year. In such circumstances, their nests are usually found in the insulation below a property.
The garden ant can pose a real problem as a nuisance pest. During foraging, workers may be found in domestic and industrial premises searching for sugary food sources. The mating swarms can also be a short-term nuisance.
Ant Pest Control
Access to the Ants nest is key to the pest control, but in most indoor situations the nest may be contained in the building structure or under floors where access is not possible. Therefore control methods needs to be adapted. Gel treatments are becoming more popular, these rely on the worker ants picking up the gel and taking it back to the nest.
Baits need to be placed on ant runways and where they are foraging, around nests, entrances etc. The Gel treatment may need several visits and may take longer to work. Alternatively a residual insecticide treatment can be applied in or around nests and ant runways. All treatments need to be backed up with good hygiene, so to eliminate other food sources for the ants.