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Ants have become the most common pest-infesting houses in recent years, and they are notoriously tough to eradicate. Controlling ant infestations requires some expertise, which is obtained via an understanding of ant behavior and experience dealing with ants.

 

Identification of ants

 

With over 700 species in the United States, ant identification can be difficult. Begin by searching for trails. Ants almost seldom go alone and are generally observed while they are searching as a colony along well-established pathways. Examine the ant sizes once you've discovered a path. Are they all the same size, or do they differ in size? Also, pay attention to when the ants are active—during the day or at night? Look for nests at the end of paths, especially in soily places. Depending on the ant species, soil nests take on different forms or patterns.

 

Facts about ants  

Ant infestations tend to spread quickly. Whether your ant problem is a little inconvenience or a full-fledged infestation, you might be amazed at how interesting these little critters are.

 

Here are some interesting ant facts:

 

Ants can be difficult to eradicate.

Aphids are raised by ants.

Some common ants are new to the United States. Ants live in intricate societies.

There are around 12,000 different kinds of ants.

 

Behavior of Ants

 

Ants are social insects that live in colonies and come in a variety of different kinds of castes. In the colony, each caste performs a certain duty or job.

 

Workers forage for food, build the nest, and look after the young and reproductives.

 

The original queen and swarmers are examples of reproductives. The function of the original queen is to lay eggs. Swarmers are winged males and females who fly out to establish new colonies and expand to new territories. During the swarm, these swarmers mate, and the male dies soon after. The queen then seeks out a good nesting location, loses her wings, and begins the process of establishing a colony.

 

Ants go via complete metamorphosis, which means that eggs hatch into larvae that must be cared for by workers. Pupae develop into adult workers or reproductives. The colony matures after two or three years and begins to generate swarmers every year.

 

An ant's life cycle

 

The lifetime of ants is determined by their caste. Males live only a few weeks and perish shortly after mating. Workers are often housed for a period of several months. Queens may survive for decades if the correct circumstances are met. In tropical areas, ants are busy all year. They survive the winter in colder areas by entering a condition of hibernation or inactivity known as diapause.

 

Ant extermination

 

Before trying ant management, it is critical to first identify the ant species. Baits can be used to control some ant species, such as Pharaoh ants, but not others. To properly get rid of ants, it is typically essential to trace them back to their nest and treat the colony directly. Sos-extermination pest control specialists have the knowledge and skills to accurately identify and eliminate your ants.