Facts, Identification & Control
How Did I Get Ants?
Bad cleanliness is the main cause of ant problem. Placing unclean plates in the sink, left over food on countertops, food on the floor and trash not cleared give food for hungry ants. What starts with a few seekers coming to a home can turn into a big issue if ants create colonies in walls, cracks or under home foundations.
How Serious Are Ants?
One of the most problematic issues linked to ants in the home is contaminating the food. Ants have bacteria on their bodies, which pass around when they travel on plates and across countertops. Not many ants are able to transmit diseases, but seeing any type of ant in any food or around the home is not a good feeling
that gives irritation.
Carpenter and fire ants can give more issues for example a carpenter ant infestation can do huge problem by creating tunnels through wood beams. Fire ant stings that inject venom can give pain and other symptoms that normally end in allergic problems to people who are hyper-sensitive to ant stings.
Ant control can be hard, here are few points about ants’ character that is good to know:
Entry: Ants can access in through the tiniest gaps, finding water and sweet or oily food items in the kitchen or storeroom.
Scent trails: Ants release a pheromone trail to guide other ants once they found the food meal.
Nest locations: They can live anywhere in and around your house; in walls, wire casing, even under your flooring.
Colony size: Colonies size is from 10,000 to 400,000, and whole colonies can migrate quickly when they feel threat.
Colony Lifetime: A colony can live a quite a long time. Worker ants may live up to 7 years, and the queen may live to around 15 years. Do it yourself effectiveness: Almost all DIY ant control items control only the ants you see. The really good treatments can totally eliminate the whole nest to stop these insects from coming back. DIY products also don’t take note that there are many kinds of ants and each needs a different treatment.
How Do I Get Rid of Ants?
Execute Pest Control specialist is qualified to help control ants and other pests. Since every building or home is not the same, your Execute Pest Control expert will create
a specific plan for your problem.
Controlling ants out of homes and buildings is an ongoing treatment, not a one-time treatment.
Execute Pest Control specialist can give the right tactic to keep ants away from your home or business!
Ant Life Cycle
An ant life has 4 different life stages: egg, larvae, pupae and adult. It normally takes about a few months for an ant to complete the life cycle depending on the ant
Queen Ants will start laying eggs after mating with a king ant. They then choose a covered place to start a nest and start laying eggs. Ant eggs are tiny oval shape
and white in colour.
After about 1-2 weeks in the egg stage, a grub-like, legless ant larvae hatches. This stage has a voracious appetite, and the adult ants spend much of their time
feeding the larvae with food and liquids they digest and regurgitate.
After the larvae molts and shed their skin, they change into the pupal stage. Pupae appear somewhat like adults except their legs and antennae are folded and pressed
against the pupal body. Initially, ant pupae are usually white, but slowly become darker in color as they age. Depending upon the ant species, pupae may be housed in
a protective cocoon.
Once the pupal stage is complete, the adult ant comes on the scene. At the time of emergence, the adult ant is fully grown, but darkens in color as it ages. Adult ants are one of three different colony castes; queens, workers or males. Queens are fertile females that lay all the eggs in a colony. Workers are females that do not reproduce, but do gather food; feed the larvae; and maintain and clean the nest. Workers are wingless, and it is the worker stage that is seen foraging around for food or defending the colony from intruders. The male ants are winged, but their only job is to mate with the queens during the swarming process.