Small black or garden ant

Small black or garden ant

Small black or garden ant

( Latin: Acanthomyops niger )

Several of the ants which otherwise live in the ground will occasionally build their nests in damp timber in the house, and these include the garden ant.

They will only start to gnaw their way into timber which has already been subject to damp and has been broken down by fungi and possibly by the attacks of beetle larvae. On this ant see also