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Black Garden Ant

Black Garden Ant
Latin Name:Lasius Niger
Length:3 to 4.5 mm long
Color:Glossy black
Digestive Tract:Yes

Black Garden Ant Pest Control

Although black garden ants tend to be found in the garden, in the summer time, they often attempt to make their way into the homes of unsuspecting residents. Black garden ants can be an annoying nuisance and therefore need to be controlled effectively.

What do black garden ants look like?

Black garden ants are pretty easy to spot, as they tend to be very dark brown in colour (despite their name) and measure around 3mm to 5mm in length. Their larger heads and narrow waists also easily distinguish these pests, along with their antennae, which tend to have a sharp and obvious elbow joint.

How to prevent a Black Garden Ant infestation

Ants live in colonies and each have a particular role to play. Worker ants tend to be infertile female ants, whose job it is to forage for food for the queen and the grubs. Clever creatures, they have identified that human inhabited buildings are a great source of food. Black garden ants will make it their mission to get into your home, find your cupboards and contaminate your food.

Use these tips to prevent a black garden ant infestation in your home:

  • Keep all food sealed or covered up
  • Seal any cracks and crevices in your walls
  • Wipe up any spillages or sticky residues on your worktops
  • Keep your doors and windows shut whenever possible
  • Clear away pet food after feeding

Are black garden ants harmful?

Although black garden ants are a nuisance and difficult to eliminate from your home; they do not tend to carry any serious diseases. It is however important to keep in mind that they will have walked over unpleasant and dirty surfaces, before making their way into your home and onto your food. We therefore do not recommend eating any food that has been contaminated by black garden ants.

How to deal with a black garden ant infestation

Prevention is always the best option, however if you identify a black garden ant infestation in your home, you will need to find a way to eliminate it as quickly as possible to prevent escalation. Black garden ants tend to live in large colonies and can therefore be very tricky to get rid of permanently. An option is to buy a household insecticide, which you should apply on and around the nest (if present), as well as any entry points in your home. Always follow the instructions closely to ensure the safety of your household. This solution may only be temporary.

A better option is to work with an experienced pest control company like Speedy Pest Control. Our BPCA qualified technicians have years of experience dealing with black garden ant infestations and can help you find the best solution for eliminating them from your home. In addition to this, we can also assist you in pest-proofing your home to lower the risk of future infestations.

For more information about our black garden ant and other pest control services, call us today on 0800 690 6920.

Ant Pest Control

Ants are very tiny insects that live in colonies. We can get rid of ants by many different ways.

Our team uses all available methods to prevent pests in a given environment, without causing any harm to humans and environment. Treatment plans can include spraying a repellent spray which can give us the best result.

These kind of ants are known to be one of the more difficult insects to remove from your home. If you find ants in your house, you have to react quickly and efficiently to get rid of them as soon as possible because they are dangerous.

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