Ants are social insects normally building nests underground during the spring, that may result in significant sized colonies by the summertime. These largest colonies become pests when their explorations bring them in contact with man often in kitchens and conservatories. Ants are particularly attracted to sweet tasting foods / fruits so can cause contamination problems.
Black Garden ant
Description: Black garden ant workers are small, wingless and brown-black, with nipped in waists.
Diet: aphids and sugary substances such as nectar and rotting fruit.
Habitat: nests form under paving stones, in soil and between brickwork.
Season: March - October
Description: Red ant has a reddish-brown body and a darker head. It is a medium-sized ant.
Diet: omnivores, meaning they will feed on animal or vegetable sources of food.
Habitat: found under stones and logs in the garden, and also in soil and lawns.
Season: All year round, mainly around summer.
Description: Pharaoh ants are much smaller than the common black ant.
Diet: omnivore pest capable of feeding on fat, simple proteins, and sweet-based food materials, carbohydrates, and insects (living and dead)
Habitat: buildings (e.g. wall voids, windows, storage areas etc.), plants and sterile supplies. Common in hospitals where they are capable of spreading infection.
Season: all year round.
Orange/yellow meadow ants
Description: Yellow/brown colour.
Diet: They feed off the honeydew milked from aphids.
Habitat: Grassland, Farmland and domestic gardens
Season: All year round.
Harmful Health Effects
All ants have a sting. Smaller ones are ineffective however can still be painful or itchy.
Pharaoh ants are also known to spread infections, posing a health risk.
Ant treatments normally involve a baiting technique that can be concluded with a single visit, the baits we use are far more powerful and effective than "over the counter" substances available to the public.
For all your ant problems:
Call us on 0800 533 5121 (freephone) on Northampton 01604 529333 Wellingborough 01933 808010
or text us on 07544 887827
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