Exe Estuary Pest Control offers a range of treatments to keep this miniature army from your home.
Black gardens ants are a nuisance pest but are not a risk to human health. Their nests are always found in the soil in gardens or under floors.
They are completely black in colour.
Annually garden ants swarm as part of the colony (nest) flies away to find a site to create a new colony. This can appear frightening but it is a natural phenomenon and should be over within 48 hours.
Pharaoh ants pose a health risk as they are able to carry pathogens as they travel around an area for food. They are smaller than the garden ant and pale yellow brown in colour. They can penetrate packaging and can so contaminate food for human consumption.
Pharaoh ants are only found indoors. They are very agile and are able to climb smooth surfaces.
Due to their size and mobility they have been known to access sterile equipment and so can pose a significant risk to human health.