Please can you tell me what type of house pest I am dealing with here. It is tiny, no more than 4mm long & 1-1.5mm wide, looks ant-like with 2 wings, one folded over the other. It appears in Spring, seemingly out of nowhere. Been finding them on the lower-ground floor of our London house for a few years; no matter how many we squish, they go on appearing in same numbers every day, as if by magic. We find them on the ground, snooping under skirting board, on the kitchen window sill, on voile curtains. Up to a couple of dozen spotted per day perhaps. We had a problem with skirting being eaten away in one area near garden door, with 2-3 little piles of frass at base but I am not sure whether this bug had anything to do with it; frass has gone now, anyway.
They don't do much flying in general, little flying hops on the ground mostly, though I do see them flying around to some extent (hence their appearance on window sill and voile curtain). Are they likely to have a nest in the home (though I haven't yet found one)? Or do they more likely visit from outside? If they are in the home, I don't see what they're feeding on - kitchen is on this floor (garden side, to the West) but the bugs are not found near the food, yet most of them are found in the bedroom at other end of the property (East).
Are they tiny carpenter ants?
Hello? Anyone there? It's been almost a week since I posted. Is there no-one out there who knows what type of insect this is?
I'm not an ant man so can't offer any suggestions I'm afraid, but I'm intrigued so thought I'd bounce you back up the list a bit :)
As no one else has had a go I will have a stab Yes its an Ant Possibly a Black Garden Ant its in my opinion a virgin Queen known as a Princess it with many others takes to the wing often before a storm to mate with a Drone which dies after fertilizing her She then goes on to create a new nest and looses her wings