The black garden ant is one of the most common ants known to cause infestation issues. Each colony can hold up to 10,000 ants, and this is not at all surprising. The black garden ants practice monogyny which means they only have one queen per colony.
The queen of the black garden ant is far larger than the workers and measures 9mm, whereas the workers measure at only 4-5mm. The size of the queen of the black garden ant combined with her extended life span of 15 years makes her a powerful leader.
The rest of the colony comprises sterile ‘worker’ or ‘soldier’ females and consists of short-lived male ants whose roles include dealing with the dead and decaying organic materials. Ants have their benefits as well, and they are essential in maintaining balance in nature with their nests aerating in soil.
Black garden ants are typically active and visible in your garden, and they are found under flowerpots. They will always enter houses regarding the constant quest for food. Ants are not at all picky eaters and will indulge over the leftovers as well.
They will happily dine on fruits and other insects too. This is the reason why you must seal your food tightly and securely.
HOW WILL YOU TREAT AN ANT INVASION?
Ants are always ready to travel some distance in search of food. So, you must identify the origin of the nest. Pushed-up soil on the ground indicates their presence. Make sure to seal up entry points. Ant deterrents can be effective when placed around entry points.
Cinnamon, at times, can be a friendly option as well. However, if you have furry pets at your home, then make sure to take care of them, as cinnamon can be toxic to some household pets. Also, always keep your kitchen and food preparation areas spotless so that no ants can come nearby.
Sticky residues always attract ants, so you need to wipe up any spillages with a mild bleach or vinegar solution will help you as well. It is not just the kitchen area that you must worry about. You need to keep all areas of your house free of food traces.
Make sure to kill any ant you see to prevent them from laying a trail for the rest of the nest. Woods need to be treated as well. Ensure to keep firewood away from the house, and if any timber is damaged or infected, then it should be replaced.
You can also use insecticides and baits. But these types of chemicals can only be used in conjunction with preventive measures that can prevent infestation.
You should take the baits back into the nest so that they are eaten by the ants in order to be effective. It will not work if the bait is combined with an insecticide which will kill the ant before it reaches the rest of the colony.
You can say that ants are found everywhere and in every corner of your house. They can easily enter your home. They like human food and leave trails behind them so that they or the other ants can return to such food sources.
It will be helpful if you practice the above-mentioned ant control measure, and if you still face further issues, then it will be best to call a professional pest control expert to guide you!