Characteristics: Elbowed antennae; biting mouthparts; if present, two pairs of membranous wings, fore and hindwings hooked together; abdomen constricted at base giving appearance of a waist which bears characteristic nodes or scales; metamorphosis complete, with egg, larval, pupal and adult stages; possess complex social system.
Species characteristics: • Workers 1.5-2mm long, yellow-brown in colour occasionally with a brown abdomen. • Antenna with 12 segments and 3-segmented club. • Well developed black eyes. • Thorax with no spines and relatively small gaster. • Males 3mm long, black. Winged (but do not fly). • Queens 3.6-5mm long, dark red in colour. Winged (but do not fly). Wings are lost soon after mating.
As the majority of ant species prefer sunny climes, our climate is not suitable for many of them. However, the few species found here can be a nuisance when they get into your home. Garden or Black ants aren’t thought to carry diseases, the trouble is you don’t know where they’ve 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 the source of food, becoming a nuisance in homes, organisations and businesses. Small piles of earth around holes in soil and at the base of exterior walls indicate their origin. There are many different kinds of ants. Our treatments are based on a proper identification.