Ants

There are many different types on ants, including fire ants, carpenter ants and field ants, to name only a few.

Although ant control can be difficult, if you have some insight into ants’ behavior, you may be able to avoid ant infestation.

Ants can enter the dwelling through virtually any opening, no matter how tiny. They are seeking water and food. They leave an invisible chemical trail which contains pheromones for the rest of the hive to follow to food sources.

They will nest anywhere throughout your property, both inside and outside, including lawns, tree stumps, walls and foundations.

Ant colonies can range from 300,000 to 500,000 ants. They truly behave as an army. They can move the entire colony quickly, when threatened.

An ant colony can live a very long lifetime. Worker ants can live 7 years, and a queen may live as long as 15 years.
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Ant Control

The best type of ant control is to control your environment so that ants have no reason to infest your home. Keep all food sources secured and all surfaces, like counters and floors clean. Make sure there are no leaks under sinks, toilets, etc. Worker ants are called “workers” for a reason. That’s all they do. If there is no food or water, they have no reason to be there, and will look elsewhere.

In the event that you do get infested, it is very difficult to regain control. Normally, the only ants you’ll be dealing with are those that you see, not the thousands that are in the walls or underground. Not to mention; there are various types of ants, which can require different treatments.

At little Bugger Pest Control we will identify the type of ant, the location and the proper protocols to completely rid you of the infestation.

Life Cycle of an Ant

The metamorphosis of an ant consists of 4 very distinct and different stages. It can take several weeks to several months to complete the cycle, depending on the species and environment.

Eggs

When a female ant successfully mates with a male, she becomes a queen. A fertile queen will find a sheltered place to lay her eggs and start a colony. The eggs are very small – roughly half a millimeter in diameter. The are white, oval and transparent.

Larvae

A legless ant larvae hatches after 1-2 weeks in the egg stage. They have a voracious appetite, and the adult ants spend most of there time feeding the larvae with food and water that they have already digested and then regurgitate.

Pupae

The larvae molts and shed there skin. They are now in the pupal stage. They appear as adults, but their antennae and legs are folded and pressed against the body. Early on in this stage they are white, but become darker as they age. Different species can be housed in a protective cocoon.

Adult

The final stage is the adult stage. At this at point the adult ant is fully grown. There are 3 different colony castes; queens, workers and males. Fertile females are queens and lay all the eggs in the in the colony. Females that don’t produce are workers. They gather food, feed the larvae and clean the nest. They are wingless and they are the ones you will see moving across your floor in groups. They are also the ones that will defend the nest against attack. Male ants are winged, and there only job is to mate with the queens during the swarming process.

Types of Ants

  • Army Ants
  • Cow Killer Ants
  • Crazy Ants
  • Grease Ants
  • Leafcutter Ants
  • Little Black Ants
  • Little Fire Ants
  • Pyrimid Ants
  • Roger’s Ants
  • Small Honey Ants
  • Sugar Ants
  • Tawny Crazy Ants
  • Twig Ants
  • White-Footed Ants
  • Wood Ants