Ant control can be difficult, so if you’re in need of this control service, here’s what you should know about these pests behaviors make your family gets a headache.
Entry: Ants can enter your house through even the tiniest cracks to look for water and sweet or greasy food in areas containing food such as kitchen or warehouse.
Scent trails: Ants can mark their path by leaving an invisible chemical trail – which contain pheromones for others to follow once they locate the food source.
Nest location: Ants can nest anywhere indoors and outdoors, such as in lawns, walls, stumps or even under foundations.
Colony size: An ant colony size can reach up to 300,000 – 500,000 individuals, and a whole colony can uproot and relocate quickly when threatened.
Colony lifetime: A colony can live a relatively long lifetime. Worker ants may live seven years, and the queen may live as long as 15 years.
Do-it-yourself ineffectiveness: Most do-it-yourself ant control approaches kill only the ants you see. Some truly effective treatments can penetrate and destroy nests to help prevent these pests from returning. Also, home remedies don’t account for the fact that different kinds of ant infestations require different treatments.
ANT LIFE CYCLE
The ant life cycle has four distinct and very different life stages: egg, larvae, pupae, and adult. This is known as complete metamorphosis. It generally takes from several weeks to several months to complete the life cycle, depending upon the ant species and environmental factors.
Eggs: A female ant that successfully mates with a male and will become a queen ant that lays eggs. Fertile queens select a sheltered place to begin a nest (colony) and begin laying eggs. Ant eggs are very small – only about a half of a millimeter in diameter. The eggs are also oval, white and transparent.
Larvae: After about 1-2 weeks in the egg stage, grub-like, legless ant larvae hatch. 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.
Pupae: After the larvae molt 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.
Adult: 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.
ANTS CONTROL FOR FAMILY
Products which are designed for homemade solutions may provide a temporary method to kill or disrupt the ant colony. However, they can not address full-blown ant infestations as the queen is still in the colony with the sole purpose of laying more eggs to ensure their own survival.
Please contact HNPC to get a free inspection. We will provide the most comprehensive and effective ant control treatment for your family.