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Ants

There are more than 8000 known species of ants. They differ greatly in the way that they construct their nests, form their colonies and obtain their food.
Most ants are beneficial scavenging on waste material and on other insects.

Some, however, are pests and need to be controlled. The Pharaoh’s Ant, Monomorium pharaonis is one such species which, once introduced into premises can be extremely troublesome and difficult to remove. The Black Garden Ant, Lasius niger, is another species which, although generally found outdoors, can enter buildings in search of sweet foodstuff.

 

Nuisance Factor – Ants

The workers of both species are often a considerable nuisance when foraging for food or water along scent-marked trails. They feed on most foodstuffs, Pharaoh’s ants, preferring proteinaceous foods like meat, cheese and fats, the garden ant favouring sweet materials.

Pharaohs ants also infest hospitals, feeding on blood, intravenous liquids, bodily excretions and sterile and soiled dressings. They commonly chew on materials and packaging and can even bite children. Clearly they pose a serious threat to health as vectors of pathogenic organisms.

Black ants mass round sweet foods in the home but are a nuisance outside too.
They excavate the soil, making it dry whilst simultaneously helping to cultivate greenfly to feed on the sweet secretions the greenfly produce whilst feeding.

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Controlling Ants

To keep ants out of buildings, caulk cracks and crevices around foundations and other sites that provide entry from outside. Ants prefer to make trails along structural elements, such as wires and pipes, and frequently use them to enter and travel within a structure to their destination, so look for entry points in these locations.

To keep ants out of buildings, caulk cracks and crevices around foundations and other sites that provide entry from outside. Ants prefer to make trails along structural elements, such as wires and pipes, and frequently use them to enter and travel within a structure to their destination, so look for entry points in these locations.

Ant infestations are treated using a modern biodegradable insecticide, this chemical is very safe and one of the best insecticides on the market. When the ants walk over the treated areas, on returning their nest, they contaminate other ants and larvae, which in turn kills the nest.

Allow up to two weeks for the treatment to take effect, longer if carried out before April or in cold weather. Occasionally ants will swarms after treatment (usually late summer) this will quickly die down as the swarming ants come into contact with treated surfaces.

After treatment let the spray dry, do not clean or wipe up any puddles, if bare skin touches wet surfaces was off.

Ant Description

The body of the ant is divided into three main sections; head, thorax and abdomen. These body parts are joined by very narrow waists. All ants have antennae that feature an elbow-like joint.

Pharaoh’s ants have biting mouthparts and a set of fore wings hooked to a pair of hind wings, although wings may not be present in all cases. Workers are 1.5 – 2mm long and yellow/brown in colour. Males are 3mm long, black, winged but do not fly. Queens are 3.5 – 5mm long, dark red with non-functional wings that are discarded after mating.

The Black worker ant is 3.4 – 5mm long and despite its name, is dark brown in colour whilst the queen is typically 15mm long and mid brown in colour.

Ants Life Cycle from Egg to Worker

  • Queen establishes a new nest in which to lay her eggs
  • The eggs take between 1 – 4
    weeks to hatch depending on the species
  • The queen feeds larva until 10 – 14 days later they pupate
  • The pupa emerge as adult worker ants in less than 2 weeks
  • The first generation of worker ants will take over the running of the nest, tending the new larvae and queen as she continues to lay more eggs.

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