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Our Guide To Common UK Ant Species

The UK is home to dozens of ant species. In this post we’ll explain a few interesting facts about some of these species. We will also give you a few tips on what you can do when it comes to getting rid of them.

A sampling of ant species in the UK

In the UK there are many different types of ant species. The major ones include:

Common black garden ant

This is the most common ant found in Britain. Colonies are large and usually contain more than 10,000 ants. This species mostly feeds on sugar, which it harvests from flowers. If ants have overrun your garden, then these common black ants are likely to be the culprit.

Red ant

These ants are regognisable by their deep orangey colour, and are also know to sting. Their colonies are small and usually number less than 500. What’s also distinctive about these ants, is that their colonies may contain more than one queen.

red ants in london garden

Yellow meadow ant

These ants have a yellow colour. They mostly live and feed underground and do not often leave their colonies. They are also known for building large mounds of excavated material. Like most ants, they build so well because of their ability to organise and communicate within the colony.

Red wood ant

The red wood ant is an ant species that mostly lives in pine forests and prefers to live beneath pine needles. Their colonies are enormous and often grow in excess of 100,000. They are also known for their aggression, and are able to spray a type of acid which stings.

Black wood ant

These ants also live near forests. They favourite habit is rotting logs. They are known to be timid and prefer to run instead of fight. Their colonies are also small and usually contain less than 1,000 members.

black ant species

Black stinging ant

Like the red ant, these ants are also capable of stinging. What’s special about these ants is that they build caches of food. These stockpiles are usually placed beneath mounds of soil, and saved for lean times.

What you have to understand, is that most of these ant species are completely harmless. In fact, many of them never come inside homes, and prefer to live outdoors. The only ant that your household really need to worry about is the common black garden ant. These ants are fond of sugary foods, which may become a cause of ants in the house. They are mostly found in back gardens because they are attracted by flowers. What it also means is that they have access to domestic homes, and often migrate indoors. Once inside, they often require London ant control because they can become a real nuisance.

Sally

Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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