The Common Black or Garden Ant – Lasius Niger
2-3 mm long with the adult workers being 3-5 mm long and the Queen who is winged at first being upto 12mm long and living for several years.
The Black or Garden ant is Dorset’s most prolific ant mainly occurring around the sandy substrate of paths and foundations. They are easily attracted into the home by any sugary/sweet substances with the worker ant then leaving a pheromone trail guiding fellow workers to the food source.
Pharaohs Ant – Monomorium pharaonic
Up to 2mm long, the adult workers live around 10 – 12 weeks and again the queen is 4-5 mm long living for around 10 months.
The Pharoah Ant differs slightly in its development requirements needing 18* as a minimum with temperatures preferably near the 30* range. Hence their favoured habitat being hospitals, large greenhouses and other large institutions. Nests can be found to contain upto 40,000 workers and 80,000 young stages.
Pharaoh Ants ultimate success lie in them having satellite nests which can prove difficult to eradicate. TP Pest Control Services offer an extremely thorough service to the residents of Dorset due to the complexity of control needed to eradicate this ant.
Picture of ghost ant across screen and labelled
Ghost Ant – Tapinoma melanocephalum
Up to 1.5mm long with a paleabdomen and legs giving this ant a two tone appearance with its dark head and thorax.
The Ghost Ant though not as common has very similar requirements to the Pharaohs Ant regarding climate and temperature range. The treatment by baiting techniques over residual treatments proving most effective.
Argentine Ant – Iridomyrmex humillis
Up to 2.5mm the workers can be almost shiny brown.
Like the Ghost Ant this species has a single bulge in the waist as opposed to the Pharaoh Ants two bulges. Favourable conditions have allowed this ant to thrive in Dorset growing nearly 8% year on year.