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There are several different types of ants, most common are Pharaoh Ants, Pavement Ants and Carpenter Ants. Ants have a highly social living arrangement and are grouped by their job in the colony – like bees, common jobs are workers, drones, and a queen.
Inside, these annoying little pests can nest in your walls or seams of your floor, usually near the warmer areas. Outside, they tend to nest under flat stones, rail ties, or the concrete slabs of your patio. The adage about ‘ants at a picnic’ is true as they always seem to show up when you’re ready to entertain.
Generally, ants range in color from yellowish or red to black. Common sizes range from as small as 3 mm to approximately 13 mm (½ an inch) for carpenter ants. Ants are insects and have 6 legs and a set of mandibles. Ants are social and live in colonies. Ants that seem to be ‘touring’ are part of the largest group of ‘worker’ ants in a colony whose primary responsibility is to forage for food, then carry it back to the colony, informing other workers of its whereabouts. Similar to bees, worker ants are non-sexual females. There is one queen and a few male ants for her to mate with.
DIET AND HABITAT
Ants eat almost anything and enjoy virtually all human food, vegetation and meat. They are especially known for their incurable sweet tooth. As previously mentioned, ants live in colonies from a few dozen members to millions of members. Some species’ colonies are very highly organized. Ants are found on every continent with the exception of Antarctica and a few isolated islands. Their success in acclimatizing to different areas of the world is usually attributed to the social structure of their colony life.
HOW ANTS GET IN TO YOUR HOUSE
They tend to gain access to homes and businesses through:
Holes in foundations
Heating ducts and air-conditioners
Power or telephone cables
Points where tree branches or other vegetation come in contact with the house
Wooden structures attached to houses (like porches and sheds)
Firewood brought into the house
SIGNS OF ANTS
Depending on the size and species of ant, you may see them moving slowly or more rapidly along the floor or in cupboards and other confined areas. Other evidence includes seeing piles of fine wood shavings near damp wood either indoors or out of doors if carpenter ants are suspected. From time to time, you may find a nest – if indoors, be careful not to disturb it as this may cause the colony to split and look for a safer location to build their home.
Inspection is a key step in eliminating the problem. Simply put, how can anyone properly say what ant you have, how big the nest is, where the nest is, best treatment for your family, etc, without setting foot in your home? We inspect your place before we start treatment to get the full details of the problem. Our technicians are trained at ant identification and determining the best ant control treatment that works best for you and your family. Once we have confirmed the problem, we use innovative and safe techniques that will eliminate the problem.