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.
Pharoah Ants (Monomorium pharaonis)
Size – Up to 1.5 to 2 mm long
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.
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)
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.
Black Garden Ants prefer sweet food and high proteins food as well. So do be wary of where you throw your candies or chocolates away. Garden Ants tends to often nest outdoors in the soil.
Carpenter Ants (Camponotus spp)
Size – About 0.5 inch long
Colour – Varies from black, brown to light brown depending on the species.
Carpenter Ants feed on a wide range of food, especially other insects. The main colony indoors are usually associated with water leaks or overly wet area.