AN ANT IS NEVER ALONE, IF YOU SEE ONE IN YOUR HOUSE SUSPECT THE EXISTENCE OF A COLONY
Ants have become the primary pest infesting homes in recent years and are usually very difficult to pest control. Successful ant control infestations takes some skill that is gained through knowledge of ant behavior and experience in dealing with ants.
To get rid of ants, it is important to identify the ant species before attempting ant control. Some ant species, like Pharaoh ants, can be controlled using baits, while others cannot. To get rid of ants successfully, it is usually necessary to follow them back to their colony and treat the colony directly. American Pest Control have the experience to correctly identify your ants and kill them.
Ant infestations tend to happen fast. Regardless of whether your ant problem is an annoyance or an all-out infestation, you may be surprised to learn how fascinating these little creatures actually are.
Here are some fun facts about ants:
• Ants can be hard to kill
• Ants farm aphids
• Some common ants are new to the U.S
• Ants live in complex cultures
• There are more than 12,000 types of ants
Ants are social insects that live in colonies and have several different types or castes of individuals. Each caste has a different function or job in the colony.
• Workers forage for food, construct the nest and care for the young and the reproductives.
• Reproductives include the original queen and the swarmers. The original queen’s job is to lay eggs. Swarmers are winged males and females that fly out to start new colonies and spread to new areas. These swarmers mate during the swarm, and the male dies soon after. The queen then locates a suitable nesting site, sheds her wings and begins to set up a colony.
Ants develop by complete metamorphosis, meaning the eggs hatch into larvae that must be cared for by the workers. The larvae pupate into adult workers or reproductives. After two or three years, the colony matures and begins to produce swarmers every year.
ANT LIFE CYCLE
The lifespan of ants depends on the caste. Males live for only a few weeks and die after mating. Workers usually live for several months. Queens can live for decades under the right conditions. Ants are active all year long in tropical climates. In cooler climates, they survive the winter by going into a state of dormancy or inactivity known as diapause.