MORE ABOUT ANTS
- Correct identification crucial to select the appropraite control technique
- Location of the nest(s) - determine if the ants are coming from outside or under the structure.
- Ants tend to trail along in corners or edges such as baseboards, edges of countertops and splash boards, tops of wires and pipes in walls.
- Exclusion - seal possible routes of entry such as any openings around pipe and utility line entrances, window and door frames, wall-mounted AC units, light fixtures, fascia boards, etc.
- Perimeter treatment - treatment zones are typically effective in reducing or preventing inside entry. Treatment of infested trees may be required.
- Reduction of honeydew sources. If they feed on honedew produced by aphids, mealybugs, and/or scale insects, the plants near the structure that harbor these insects should be treated also
- Interior pesticide application - Application directly onto foraging trails of ants inside is often required. This will usually give results in a few days at most.
- Baiting - can be the most effective or only way to control some ant species
- Other - Remove ant food such as garbage, removal of plants attractive to ants
- Change landscaping to discourage ants; Trim trees and shrubs
- Reduce moisture sources, keep gutters clean, eliminate sources of condensation
- Replace outside hollow-core doors with solid doors.
- Life cycle: egg, lava, pupa, and adult
- 3 distinct castes: workers, queens, and males
- Easily recognized by their elobowed antennae and node-like structures that form their slender waists
- Three body regions (head, thorax, and addomen) defined by distinct constrictions.
- Workers are females, never with wings
- Queens, typically the largest in the colony, establish new colonies and lay eggs. They can lay fertile eggs for their lifetime
- A colony may contain many functional females or queens, but only one founding queen.
- Unmated females have wings and mated females remove them
- The male is usually between the worker and the queen in size and his only function is to inseminate the queen
- Males die shortly after mating, usually within 2 weeks
- Adult ants, workers and reproductives, do not eat solid food. They eat liquids which may be stored