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Ants

A common problem in Singapore, ants have been known to build nests in homes during the monsoon season. They find and swarm uncovered food and sweets quickly, and some species are known to bite. Ant infestations are often hard to track and get rid of, and can require specialised help to stop.

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Pharoah Ants (Monomorium pharaonis)

Pharoah Ants (Monomorium pharaonis)


Characteristics

Size – Up to 1.5 to 2 mm long/p>

Colour – Light Yellow & Brown abdomen

Pharoah Ants are multi queen colonies which cannot be control by normal residual treatment. The size of the colony tends to be large but can vary from a few dozens to several hundred individuals.

Habits

Pharoah Ants usually established themselves in areas near to moisture and can travel from room to room within pipes and electrical wires. Colonies can be found nesting in walls, furniture and appliances.

 

Black Garden Ants (Lasius niger)

Black Garden Ants (Lasius niger)


Characteristics

Size – Up to 4 – 5 mm long

Colour – Dark Brown Black

Their colonies can reach up to around 15,000 workers but usually colony is at about 4,000 to 7,000 workers and the queen can live up to 12 years.

Habits

Black Garden Ants prefer sweet food and high proteins food as well. Garden Ants tends to often nest outdoors in the soil.

Carpenter Ants (Camponotus spp)

Carpenter Ants (Camponotus spp)


Characteristics

Size – About 0.5 inch long

Colour – Varies from black, brown to light brown depending on the species.

Habits

Carpenter Ants feed on a wide range of food especially other insects. The main colony in indoors will have to be associated with water leaks or overly wet area.