Commonly found in many parts of the world, including Northern and Western Europe. Black Ants are very common throughout the UK and live quite happily alongside us in our homes and gardens.
Ants have a well defined social structure with many workers but just one queen. It's the workers that will forage for food and cause the nuisance in our homes, they are particularly attracted to sweet tasting foods often found in our kitchens, they will also feed on other insects and seeds.
Nests may survive for many years but new ones are started each year by new queens leaving the nest - these are the flying ants seen during the summer.
Black ants are not known to be a health risk and are considered more as a nuisance pest problem.
There are steps you can take to reduce the chances of getting ants in your home.
There are many different 'over the counter' products that you can buy for use in the treatment of black ants. As with all pesticide we recommend that you follow the manufacturer's guidelines that will be printed on the packaging
If you suspect you have a black ant problem we are on hand to offer help or advice. We respond within three working days.
Coventry City Council offer a chargeable service for the treatment of black ants within the home. The current charge is £79.00 for the treatment (or £39.50 - a concession for certain benefits). Book an appointment.