Common Garden Ant
(Lasius Niger)

Introduction

The Garden ant or black ant is usually found in the garden, beneath paving stories, flower beds and basis of walls. Winged females and males appear in the summer and fly to find mates and start new colonies. Ants have social colonies and everyone has their part to play in maintaining the community.
The Garden ant goes through a complete metamorphosis life cycle.

Description

The nest will comprise of a queen between10-15mm long and a brown, and workers that about 4-5mm long, and a darker brown or black colour. There are three types of workers, fertile males, fertile females (queens) and sterile females. They have biting mouthparts and elbowed antennae.

Biology

Swarms of ants test their wings and prepare to mate, mating is done on the wing, and soon after mating the male dies. The female will then remove its wings and dig into the soil where she will overwinter, and start a new colony in the spring, however very few manage this.

Food

The garden ant will eat a variety of foods including small insects, fruit pulp, nectar and will farm a honeydew produced from aphids

Habitat

You can find these ants in your garden, under paving slabs at the base of your walls. Foraging worker ants looking for food is how they gain entry into your home and become a nuisance.

Reasons for control

Nuisance: The Garden ant is more of a nuisance pest than anything else. Ants foraging for food can be a nuisance and cause discomfort if in and around the house. Their excavating around an exterior of a property can dislodge paving stones and dry soil around plants.

Detecting an infestation

Detecting what and where your pest coming is from is key to any pest prevention.
If you are coming downstairs every morning to a fresh batch of droppings in the kitchen but have no idea where they come from, it could be a long while before you get rid of them. Identification is important, what to look for and to react quickly will greatly benefit you in the long term.

Excavated soil and plants
Excavated soil along the exterior walls or even in the house along skirting boards is a clear sign sign that may have ants.

Know your options

Do It Yourself

Let us not play around, doing it yourself is not always easy. But it can be cost-effective even if you end up hiring someone else to complete the job. If you are coming downstairs every morning to a fresh batch of droppings in the kitchen but have no idea where they come from, it could be a long while before you get rid of them. Identification is important, what to look for and to react quickly will greatly benefit you in the long term.

Pest Control Company

In truth, most pest companies give a good image of themselves and do a good job. Like any industry, you will get your good companies and not so good. Like any trade, we would suggest someone who comes recommended. Failing that, you can search through our directory to find a registered pest control company. These will be licenced pest controllers that go by a standard of guidelines. You can find their address here and much more at our website: http://baitpoint.co.uk

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