Giant ants were found in Bucks

Stowe, Photo by The National Trust.

Stowe, Photo by The National Trust.

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

SUPER ants which cause a potential fire hazard and were eradicated from a National Trust property in Bucks, appear to have been found again further afield.

The Asian super ant, also known as the fire ant, was first found in Britain in 2009 at Hidcote Manor Garden in Gloucestershire.

But they were also found at Stowe Landscape Gardens in Bucks in 2010, after being brought in on a piece of stone.

This colony was eradicated very quickly, as they were found early on, but the problem persists at the property in Gloucestershire as the colony had grown very large before it was found.

A colony has also recently been discovered in Hendon, north west London.

Jo Hodgkins, a wildlife and countryside adviser at the National Trust, said: “There has been a lot more work done on them in Spain and some of the Mediterranean places, where they have bigger problems there with big colonies building up in power sockets and plug sockets.

“We don’t know why they are attracted to electrostatic fields, but they cause a nuisance and are a potential fire hazard once the colonies build up.”

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

1:51pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Ivor'sbestfriend says...

There is no such species as "The Asian Super Ant", Lasius neglectus is also not a 'giant' ant, they are the same size as the black garden ant.

They can, however, form very large colonies.

You'd think this was the Daily Mail . . .
There is no such species as "The Asian Super Ant", Lasius neglectus is also not a 'giant' ant, they are the same size as the black garden ant. They can, however, form very large colonies. You'd think this was the Daily Mail . . . Ivor'sbestfriend
  • Score: 6

1:55pm Fri 25 Jul 14

gareth303 says...

They're not giant ants, they're the same size as normal garden ants. Sorry to spoil the story

http://www.brc.ac.uk
/gbnn_admin/index.ph
p?q=node/113
They're not giant ants, they're the same size as normal garden ants. Sorry to spoil the story http://www.brc.ac.uk /gbnn_admin/index.ph p?q=node/113 gareth303
  • Score: 5

12:21pm Sat 26 Jul 14

s6blr says...

Aother excuse for delays on the roads, trains, or Heathrow will do you!
Aother excuse for delays on the roads, trains, or Heathrow will do you! s6blr
  • Score: 0

6:35am Sun 27 Jul 14

Robert.M says...

If they can eradicate ants posing as giant ants, is it possible to eradicate Mr Steve Baker who poses as a caring politician
If they can eradicate ants posing as giant ants, is it possible to eradicate Mr Steve Baker who poses as a caring politician Robert.M
  • Score: 4

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree