Ants

  • There are over 12,000 species of ant across the globe
  • 4 common species found in the UK – Garden ant, Roger’s Ant, Pharaoh’s ant and Ghost ant
  • The Garden ant nests under pavements, in soil, along lawn edges or anywhere where conditions are perfect
  • It is quick and robust
  • Formic acid is its primary defence and attack
  • Ants in the UK present no risk to humans
  • The biggest colonies can grow up to 15,000 worker ants in size
  • Average colony is between 4,000 and 7,000 ants
  • Their diet consists of other insects and nectar
  • They will eat their own dead, as well as the dead from other colonies
  • They are attracted to sweet smelling substances

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Life Cycle

  • The Queen lays eggs in late spring
  • The larvae hatch in 3 – 4 weeks
  • The larvae feed on queen’s saliva until the worker ants emerge
  • The workers continue care for larvae, by nest building and finding food
  • The fertile males are produced in later summer

Diagnosis

Nuisance scale: 9/10 HIGH

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Hazard: 1/10 MILD

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How We Treat This Pest

We will tailor this service to your exact needs. Combat Pest Control have great results in dealing with all ant species found in the UK.

Vital Statistics

Workers: 4-5mm in length
Queen: 15mm in length
Description: Dark brown/black, with a segmented body. There is no sting present.

Interesting Facts

  • Males perish after mating
  • Ants are one of the strongest creatures on earth in relation to their size
  • They can move an estimated 50 tons of earth in one year
  • All workers, soldiers and queen ants are female