There are 41 different species of ant living in the UK, however it is the garden or black ant (Lasius Niger) that causes the most common problems in our homes.
The black ant is 3.5mm to 5mm long and dark brown to black in colour. They usually nest outdoors in lawns, flowerbeds, under paving stones and in walls. The black ant is not a health hazard, but can cause a nuisance. They enter homes in search of sweet foods, getting in through small gaps in masonry, doors and windows, and when they do find their way into our homes, they do so in large numbers. Ants are not just pests. They also feed off insects and act as scavengers in the garden.
The queen ant lays eggs in late spring, which hatch into larvae after 3-4 weeks. The queen rears the larvae for three weeks after which they pupate. From the pupae emerge the first brood of worker ants, which forage for food and tend subsequent broods. Winged male and female ants emerge between July and August and mating takes place on the wing during this time, after whichthe males die. The mated females shed their wings and dig a cell in the soil where they stay until the following spring.
To be sure that ants are removed effectively, a council treatment is always advised.
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