An extremely common ant often found on pavements and garden paths. Sometimes found nesting in or under house walls, and under paving slabs.

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Countrywide offer a call out and treatment service to deal with your garden ant problem.

Most commonly garden ants can be seen outside where they dont cause too much of a problem. Due to their sweet tooth though they can soon become a problem when they find a food source nearby.

Our fully qualified service technicians track the entry points of the Ants and apply insecticide treatment directly to the nests for maximum results or we can apply specialist gel bait treatments to solve your problems fast.

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Garden ants are unsightly and can contaminate food.

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More about Ants

Ant societies are centred upon a complex nest that arises after the mated queen has established a small starter nest beneath the soil. The queen rears the first brood of larvae within the nest, feeding them on saliva. These larvae mature and then pupate to form the first cohort of worker ants.

They may also make collars of soil around plants to protect the aphids. This species of ant produce huge mating swarms in warm weather. The queens have wings and are larger than the workers, but the wings break off after mating. Mating flights occur in July or August.


The ants feed on nectar, seeds and small insects, aphid and coccid honeydew, etc and the nests can remain viable for many years. Although they are ominorous they will ‘milk’ aphids for honeydew.


Body Length 4-9mm


Latin/scientific name: Lasius Niger. Black ant with a single segment at the waist.