Black Ant Protection & Control fact sheet

Black Ant Protection & Control fact sheet

About black ants

  • Ants are easily identified by their elbowed antennae and distinctive node-like structure that forms a slender waist
  • Larger colonies consist mostly of sterile wingless females forming castes of “workers”, “soldiers”, or other specialised groups
  • Ant societies have division of labour, communication between individuals and an ability to solve complex problems
  • The family Formicidae belongs to the order Hymenoptera, which also includes sawflies, bees and wasps

Helpful hints

  • Keep all sugary foods in air tight sealed containers
  • Wipe down bench tops and surfaces after preparing food
  • Ensure no dog or cat food or other foodstuff are left around the building as this will attract ants
  • Remove water sources such as drips or dishes left soaking overnight

Did you know?

  • Ants can lift 20 times their own body weight
  • An ant brain has about 250 000 brain cells. A human brain has 10,000 million so a colony
    of 40,000 ants has collectively the same size brain as a human
  • The abdomen of the ant contains two stomachs. One stomach holds the food for itself and second stomach is for food to be shared with other ants
  • Ants and humans are the only creatures that farm other creatures