Ants are social insects that live together in cooperative and intermingling colonies. The colonies may range in size from hundreds to millions of individuals, depending on the species. It is believed that ants first originated in mid-Cretaceous period, from 110 to 130 million years ago. Ant colonies can be found almost everywhere. Their ability to co-exist and modify their habits to fit the constraints of any environment allows them to survive in many different geographical settings.
Ants obtain food by following pheromone trails created by other ants from the same colony. A scout ant will first leave the nest in search of food, and wander somewhat randomly until it discovers something edible. Ants store liquid food in an expandable pouch called a crop. Food is often regurgitated from the crop and shared with others. A worker ant has the ability to induce another ant from the same nest to provide liquid food by touching the other ant’s head using its foreleg.
Unknown to most people, ant species like the Carpenter ants can cause serious structural damage to your building. But unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat the wood but in order to expand their nests, they burrow into them, hollowing out structural beams and eventually weakening them.
Some ant species may bite or sting when they feel disturbed or threatened. According to research, when Fire ants attack they usually cause minor red swells and pustule may appear in some cases.
If your home is infested with ants, you will tend to eliminate pest problems with DIY home products. However, ant infestation are a continuous dilemma, sometimes seasonal because of weather or poor sanitation. Effective ant control for your home requires an expert with the knowledge, expertise and experience to control the situation.