Key Facts Ants
- The commonest species that invades houses is the Black Garden Ant.
- All ants have the main divisions of the body (head, thorax, abdomen)
- They are highly organised social insects. It is the foraging worker ants that invade buildings in search of food.
- These are from 3 to 5mm in length and are attracted to sweet foodstuffs which they take back to the nest to feed to the larvae and queen.
A small tropical species of ant of increasing importance in the structures of large centrally heated buildings, especially hospitals and high rise blocks of flats where it can be a serious public health pest.
These ants are particularly difficult to control and eradicate due to their ability to split the colony and spread over an area. Successful control only by baiting techniques, not by residual treatments. Hydramethylnon, a slow-acting poison, and S-methoprene, a juvenile hormone that disrupts larval development, are available as ready to use baits. Contact a professional pest controller for expert treatment.
The so-called ant’s eggs sold for aquaria fish are actually the pupae. Flying ants are the reproductive males and females. These mating ants are winged and have a nuptial swarming flight during only a few days in July or August. Mating takes place in the air and the female then seeks out a nest site where she stays for the winter, laying eggs the following spring in order to start up a new colony.