Ant Species

There are 700 different species of ants worldwide, but only 25 of them infest homes. Ants are the most numerous insects on the planet and are found on every continent around the globe, with the exception of Antarctica. They are drawn to the scent of food, and when they find it, they use pheromones to tell the rest of the colony about it. This is how an ant infestation can quickly grow.

Ants - What You Should Know

All ants have three main body parts: a head, thorax and abdomen. They communicate with the rest of the colony through their antennas. Ant colonies are extraordinarily organized and sophisticated. Males, female worker ants, and a queen make up a colony. The female workers do not have wings, but the queen and the male workers do. When ants appear in your home, they are the colony’s female workers gathering food. The sole function of the male ants, or drones, which only live for a few weeks, is to mate with the queen. On the other hand, worker ants can live anywhere from one to three years, while queen ants can live up to thirty years. An ant colony can live for hundreds of years because, when the old queen dies, a new queen takes over. Therefore, if you have an ant problem, it probably won’t go away on its own. You really want the assistance of pest control specialists to guarantee these ants don’t move in for good.

Ant Inspection & Treatment

There are hundreds of products on the market that can assist you in eliminating ants. The issue with these products are that a large number of them don’t work successfully because they are not used properly. You need to know how ants behave, and Altus Pest Control technicians know how ants react to different kinds of ant control. When homeowners put baits down, the ants send out alerts when they see some of their friends getting poisoned. The ants become extremely aware of any threat to the hive when they are exposed to that danger pheromone. They may even move the hive if they think it is in serious danger. By dispersing the hive, it can break off into multiple hives, where it can produce a new queen, resulting in an even worse infestation. This makes your infestation even worse. Ant control needs to be done with care, and Altus Pest Control’s experts can help you get rid of the ants right the first time.

Say Goodbye to Ants in Your Home