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Home > CRAWLING INSECTS & SPIDERS > ANTS

ANTS

There are 36 species of ant living in the UK, but there are two kinds – the Black Ant and Pharaoh Ant – which attract the most attention and are generally the two species we encounter (certainly in our homes). And if ants invade your home, they can be a real pest.
Black ant          

When they do invade your home it's for one reason only - food! They have a sweet tooth and are partial to syrups, jams, preserves and sugar. Ants can be seen making a trail between their nest entrance and the food source as they transport food into the colony to nourish the workers and the queen inside.

During the summer large numbers of both winged females and males are reared in the nest which is usually underground. On a few warm summer evenings they swarm from the nest entrances and take flight. During this brief flight they mate and on returning to the ground the males soon die.

How to deal with an ant infestation

Where ants become an indoor pest, the only real method of control is to locate the nest or colony by following the trail of ants. The nest can then be treated with an insecticidal dust or spray which is carried into the colony.

Likely entrance points include holes in walls, possibly around drainage and waste pipes; air bricks; and beneath poorly finished work surfaces and kitchen units, baths and wash basins. These should be properly sealed with mortar or mastic.