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Ants are a pest when they get into your home. Garden or Black Ants are not thought to carry diseases, however, the trouble is that you do not know where they have been foraging outside, so you won’t want them marching through your food cupboards. Ants will travel in a wide range, searching for food, following trails they have established and clustering around source of food, becoming a pest in homes, organisations and businesses.

The black garden ant, also known as the common black ant, is found all over England. They are split into two species; L. niger is found in gardens, while L. platythorax is found in forest habitats. They are monogynous, meaning the nests have a single. queen.

Ant colonies can reach in size up to around 40,000 workers in rare cases but 4,000–7,000 is around average. A queen can live up to around 15 years and it has been claimed that some have lived for 30 years. Queens while in the early stages of the colony can have two to three other queens in the nest. They will tolerate each other until the first workers come, then it is most likely they will fight until one queen remains. In certain circumstances, it is possible that there can be multiple queens in a single colony if they are building a nest near to each other and eventually their two tunnels connect.

Ants are very social insects, and they divide jobs among different types of ants in each colony. The queen or queens have only one job - to lay eggs. All other female ants are workers

Our NPTA certified technicians offer methods of ant control that are targeted to specific species. They can solve the problem quickly and, needless to say, perfectly safe for your family and pets.