manders

Has anyone else got tropical ants?

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Noticed a few in my greenhouse a few years ago and thought they had died out, then yesterday i saw a couple runniing around, theres not many and they dont seem to do any harm, just curious if anyone else has them?

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The ones ones i have are very small, much much smaller than typical british ants, theyre quite hard to notice unless theres a whole bunch of them.

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are you sure they are not just young ants .are they normal black colour

jim

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Very sure, i've seen enough ants in the tropics to last a lifetime. (And 'baby' ants dont run and down walls).

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They may be tropical, But..

We have over 40 species of ants in this country (many quite scarce).

Most of us only ever see (are aware)of a few.

You'd need to get this species identified to know what it is and from where.

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Got to catch the little blighters first, saw a couple the other day and now cant find any...

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Tropical ants are unlikely to survive our winters unless they are nesting in your house

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are you sure they are not just young ants .are they normal black colour

jim

young ants are the same size as adults. the larva stage is where they do the growing. At this stage they are not moving around but are laid out in nurseries and dependent on the adults. They look like grubs and nothing like the adult. When they have grown to the size of adults or bigger then they change to a pupa, at which stage they take on the shape of full size adults. so the new ants start off full size.

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young ants are the same size as adults. the larva stage is where they do the growing. At this stage they are not moving around but are laid out in nurseries and dependent on the adults. They look like grubs and nothing like the adult. When they have grown to the size of adults or bigger then they change to a pupa, at which stage they take on the shape of full size adults. so the new ants start off full size.

thank you for the information

jim

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Tropical ants are unlikely to survive our winters unless they are nesting in your house

Theyre in a heated greenhouse.

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I'm not sure what tropical ants are but I live in southern California and my yard only has these Itty bitty ants. Not standard size ones haha. Like you said they're almost invisible unless there's a bunch or you're looking closely. I'll take a picture next time I see them (probably tomorrow lol)

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There is a very small tropical ant called pharoahs ant which is introduced into the UK and survives in heated buildings. Could be that?

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10 hours ago, Lanasmil said:

Isn't there any images of that tropical ants? 

Havent seen any for ages, think they died off, probably a good thing.

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maybe a Pheidole type of ant, they are tiny and invasive. We have many here in Spain, especially my favorite Pheidole Pallidula, very tiny?

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I haven't seen them personally, but I remember a few days ago one of my sisters who is fond of maintaining a tropical garden had faced similar types of tropical ants in her garden area. There are many ways to get rid of such ants like by using diatomaceous earth oil, or Neem oil etc.. But this works for a limited time duration. To get rid of such ants permanently one must contact with the pest control service NYC or any other nearby pest agency.

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They may be pharaoh ants; these are tiny (2mm) and yellowish brown. They can be a major pest in some indoor sites such as hospitals.

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