At Lawrence Pest Control, no common pests list is complete without ants. They are some of the most annoying invaders you have to deal with as a homeowner. Every infestation is slightly different, and must be treated in a unique way. We have all the tools to take down any any issue, no matter the scale. When you see a couple of ants, there’s no worry in your mind. But don’t be fooled, it can quickly escalate into more than you can deal with. If you have questions, please give us a call and we’ll give you a free inspection.
Ants are our specialty. We’ll take care of them quickly and effectively. Give us a call and we’ll show ’em who’s boss!
How to Get Rid of Ants
- Keep your home clean, especially the kitchen
- Keep crumbs cleaned up and off the floor
- Seal all food
- Remember, where there’s one ant, theres hundreds close by
Facts About Ants
- How do they get in? Ants can be quite the inconvenience because they can enter through even the smallest places. Any crack in the wall will lead ants who are seeking water or food straight into your home.
- Want to do it yourself? Bad idea. Most of the do it yourself ant control products get rid of only the ants that you can see, but do not rid them all from your place. Also, different kinds of ant problems require different treatments.
- Pheromone trails – Ants have a sneaky strategy. They leave behind an invisible trail of pheromones that will lead the other ants straight to the food source once they have found it.
- Where will they nest? Ants can nest almost anywhere. They can be in lawns, trees stumps, walls, or even underneath your home’s foundation. Ants can nest pretty much anywhere in and around your house.
- How long does a colony last? Worker ants can live up to about seven years and the queens can live up to 15 years!
- How big is a colony? A colony is anywhere from about 300,000 to 500,000 ants in size. The tricky part is that when they feel that they are in danger, they can uproot and move somewhere else quickly.
The Ant Life Cycle
An ant’s life cycle typically consists of four stages in its process of metamorphosis: Egg, Larvae, Pupae, and adult. The time it takes for each of these stages varies depending on what species of ant it is.
- Egg: These small and oval eggs are white and transparent. Once a female ant and a male ant successfully mate, the female becomes a queen that lays a lot of eggs. The queen will pick a sheltered place to begin her colony or nest and lay very small eggs (only about half a millimeter in diameter).
- Larvae: Legless ant larvae hatch after having about 1-2 weeks in the egg stage. This stage requires much of the adult ant’s attention because of the huge appetite that they have. Adult ants spend a lot of their time feeding larvae by eating, digesting, and then regurgitating the foods and liquids that they find.
- Pupae: The pupae stage begins once the larvae shed their skin and molts. Pupae look a lot like the adults except that they have their legs and their antennae folded and pressed against their body. Pupae begin white but they become darker as they increase in age. Sometimes pupae will be housed in a protective cocoon depending on the species.
- Adult: Just like in the pupae stage, the adult ants darken in color as they age. Adult is the final stage of the ant and they can be separated into three different categories as to their role in the colony:
- Queen – The fertile females that are able to lay eggs, they lay all of the eggs in the colony.
- Worker – Females that do not reproduce, but gather food. They spend time feeding the larvae, cleaning the nest, and maintaining the colony in any way. They are wingless, defend the colony from intruders, and search for food.
- Male – The males are winged, but their only job really is to mate with the queen when in the swarming process.
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