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Field Ant

Field Ant
Latin NameFormica SPP
Length4 to 8mm
ColorYellow, red, black or combination

Field Ant Prevention & Treatment

The garden or black ant is the most common ant found in the UK. The black ant has a defined head, thorax and abdomen, separated by distinctive waists. Garden ants usually make their nests outdoors in fields, woodland and gardens. The nest can be disfiguring to a garden space but ants pose most problems to humans when they invade homes whilst foraging for food.

Life cycle

Flying ants, common during late July and early August, are fertile males and females. The winged ants mate on the wing. Male ants die after mating and female queen ants seek a suitable nest site, where they rest during the cold winter months. The queen ant lays her eggs during the spring.

The queen lays sterile worker ant eggs first; these female ants forage, provide food for the fertile male and female ant larvae that will form the breeding pairs in the late summer months. The wingless worker ants also clean and defend the ant colony from intruders.

The ant life cycle has four stages in common with many insect species:

  • Egg
  • Larvae
  • Pupa
  • Adult

What makes ants invade your home?

Worker ants search for food around the ant nest and will travel further afield if food supplies are restricted. Worker ants feed the larvae, who have an insatiable appetite for food, so that they can grow and pupate. The larvae live on regurgitated liquid food. Ants like sweet, sticky foods. They also eat smaller insects.

It is the ants’ liking for sweet food that attracts them to human homes, especially if gaining entry is simple, via an open door or window, or poorly maintained building structure.

Ants will eat any sweet residue left on kitchen floors or worktops and consume foodstuffs left uncovered.

Ant prevention

Prevent ants from invading your living spaces, by ensuring there are adequate physical barriers, between the inside of your home and the outside, where the ant nest is located.

Correctly fit your windows and doors. Ensure there aren’t any cracks around them to allow ants assess into the property. Fit window screens in the summer to prevent ants entering that way.

Keep food in refrigerators or larders. Securely cover food left out on worktops, shelves and tables to prevent the smell attracting ants. Mop up any food spillage or crumbs regularly, even a few drops of juice or sugar grains will attract foraging worker ants.

Ant control

Apply boiling water to an ant nest, in your property or garden, as this will disrupt the nest. Spray with an ant-specific insecticidal powder. Use an insecticidal spray on adult worker ants found inside your house. Insecticidal liquid applied on areas around windows, waste pipes and doors will destroy ants entering your house.

Nests that are more difficult to locate and remove require professional pest control help.

For assistance removing ant infestations from your home or garden, please give us a call on 0800 690 6920 or fill out our online form for a no obligation quote.

Ants Pest Control

Ants are very tiny insects that live in colonies. We can get rid of ants by so many different ways. Our team uses all available methods to prevent pest in a given environment without causing any harm to humans and environment. Treatment plans should include spraying a repellent spray can give us best result.

This kind of ants are known to be one of the most difficult insects to remove from the house.

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