Did you know that ants can carry loads 20 times their body weight? These insects are frustrating when they enter your property or when you are enjoying a picnic. They are social insects and that’s why they live in groups. A colony can contain millions of ants with three distinctive categories: males, female workers, and the queen. The only ants with wings are the males and the queen. Once the males fertilize the queen, they don’t live long while the queen is left to lay eggs throughout her lifetime. A colony of ants can have one queen or several of them depending on the type of species.
In the colony are also soldier ants whose work is to protect the queen(s) and defend their territory. They also gather food as well as nesting materials. To take over another colony, ants steal the eggs of the rival colony and when these eggs hatch, the offspring become slaves in the new colony. Some of the jobs that slave ants do is to gather food, build anthills, and take care of eggs and young ones.
Interesting Facts About Ants
- There are more than 12,000 known species around the globe.
- Ants are lung-less. They breathe through small openings on their body.
- If the queen ant dies, a colony survives only a few months.
- The queen sheds her wings when building a new nest.
- Ants do not have ears. They can only feel vibrations through their legs on the ground.
- Some queens live for multiple years and lay millions of eggs.
- Ants normally fight to death.
5 Most Prominent Ant Species
- Carpenter ants
- Argentine ants
- Odorous house ants
- Pavement Ants
- Red imported fire ants
Reasons Ants Invade Your Property:
√ Poor sanitation
√ Dampness caused by leaking water pipes, clogged gutters, and poor ventilation
√ Leafy debris all over the compound
√ Wooden piles stacked near the house
√ Cracks in the foundation or around pipes
√ Mulch beds touching a building foundation
√ Deformed electrical conduits surrounding a building
√ Shrubs and trees harboring aphids
Ant Management Practices
Since ant species are varied, our team of ant exterminators starts with proper identification in order to come up with the right control measure. We use a very systematic approach when dealing with ants. A treatment plan may involve the following.
Mechanical deterrents aim at hindering the ability of ants to enter your property. If there are cracks and holes in your house foundation, the first step we take is to seal those imperfections. Branches of trees which touch your house encourage ant entrance so we have to trim or cut them off. If these weaknesses are addressed, the chances of ants getting into your home will be minimized.
To alter the living conditions which facilitate ant activity, a change in environment is necessary. If your water pipes are leaking and causing dampness in your compound, repairing them would go a long way in managing ants. All food sources should be removed so that the ants can leave. When the ant habitat is altered, they find it hard to survive and may die or relocate elsewhere.
Organic Insecticide Application
If you have a serious ant infestation in your place, we can exterminate it using selected insecticides which are very friendly to the environment. We don’t want to solve one problem and create another so we only use green products to kill ants. We concentrate on areas such as wall voids, mulched areas, cracks and crevices, foundation slabs, exposed woods, and anthills/ mounds.
Ant baits are less invasive methods of controlling ants. They target specific colonies and can be used in sensitive areas. However, their outcomes may be slower than the use of insecticides.
An effective ant control strategy entails several stages and there is a need to have the correct information at hand e.g. the type of ant in the area. At our pest control company in Napa, we understand that homes are different and factors contributing to ant invasion vary as well. For this matter, we develop a unique treatment program for every customer who knocks at our door. When it comes to ants extermination, there is nothing like a one-size-fits-all control method.
How can we help you? Call (800) 430-3778 today.