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Ants in Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Ringwood and Verwood.

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in Ants, Ants, Bournemouth, Christchurch, fleas, mice, moles, pest control, pest prevention, Poole, Rats, Ringwood, Verwood, Wasp, Wasp Control, Wasp Removal, Wasps | 0 comments

Common Black Ant – Lasius Niger

The Black Ant, also known as the Garden Ant normally forms a nest in gardens, under paving stones, foundations or occasionally within buildings and can be found just about anywhere in the Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Ringwood, Verwood and surrounding areas  . They are not normally a health risk, more a nuisance. They have a wide varied diet and are particularly attracted to sweet substances and a favourite food is honeydew, (which they milk from Aphids), which has a high sugar content. When an ant finds a food source it will lay a pheromone (scent) trail back to the nest, where it will communicate with other workers by tapping antennae and also giving some of the food from its crop, these workers in turn will then be able to locate the food causing large numbers to invade an area. Watch out for ant trails and lone foraging ants on the lookout for suitable food sources.

 

General points.

 

They are considered social insects because they usually live in large colonies which comprise of three kinds of ants: The queen, the female workers, and males. The queen and the males have wings, while the workers do not. The queen is the only ant that can lay eggs. The male ant’s job is to mate with future queen ants and once this is done they do not live very long afterwards. Once the queen matures to adulthood, she spends the rest of her life laying eggs for the colony. Different species of ant, may have one queen or many queens in a colony.

 

Ant colonies also have soldier ants which protect the queen, defend the colony, gather or kill food, and attack enemy colonies in search for food and nesting space. If they defeat another ant colony, they take away eggs of the defeated ant colony. When the eggs hatch, the new ants become the “slave” ants for the colony.

 

New colonies are produced through a process known as “swarming,” which occurs when a mature colony produces winged males and queens. These fly out and mate in the air during a few days in July or August then the queens seek out new nest sites to lay eggs, the following spring, to begin a new colony.

 

If ants are seen indoors they will be foraging for food, so any spills or food that is attracting them should be removed or cleaned up as soon as possible. By following the trail of ants, it will be possible to locate the entry point and it can be sealed by various methods to prevent further intrusions.

 

If ants are causing problems outdoors, there are various products on the market, but should only be applied as per the instructions on the product labels, as certain products, especially powders, can be harmful to other animals and pets.

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