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Ants

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The commonest species that invades houses and business premises is the Black Garden Ant, which is actually very dark brown. The presence of ants is considered to be unacceptable in commercial kitchens and other food preparation areas. This is because the insects crawl over surfaces picking up and transmitting bacteria from one area to another.

Red ants are particularly prevalent in many gardens during the Summer months. They have a particularly unpleasant bite, and can make time spent in the garden a less enjoyable experience.

Ants will undermine paths and driveways, especially those constructed with a sand base.

All ants have the main divisions of the body (head, thorax, abdomen) distinctly separated by very narrow waists and have a sharp elbow joint in their antennae. 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.

The so-called ants 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.

Ant control is achieved by careful and precise use of an appropriate insecticide, following risk assessments.