Professional Ant Control:
The Black Garden Ant (Lasius niger)
Are by far the most common ant control problem that we are called upon to deal with. This ant lives in a nest and in its endeavour to find food, will infest any type of premises including domestic kitchens, hospitals, offices and shops, in fact almost anywhere they can find a suitable food source. This ant is dark brown to black in colour, approximately 5mm in length, with one small waist segment. The nest will often be found under paving stones.
Order of Insects: Ants belong to the order of insects known as Hymenoptera which includes some of the most highly evolved insects. They have a caste system in which nest building, nursing of young and foraging for food is undertaken by workers (sterile females). Reproduction is performed by fertile females (queens), and males are responsible for the fertilisation of the queens.
All ants are characterised by the following:-
- A narrow waist (pedicel) of one or two segments between the abdomen and thorax.
- Biting mouthparts.
- Elbowed antennae.
When wings are present, there are two pairs; each linked by a minute row of hooks. There are three main pest ants in the UK.