Ants

Pest Control

Garden ants are usually found during spring and summer months outdoors in lawns, flowerbeds, beneath paving slabs and at the base of walls.

Ants can enter buildings in search of food, especially sweet food to take back to their nest. Although ants are a nuisance they do not carry germs or spread disease.

Ants do not pose a health threat, but they can contaminate food by leaving their bodily waste behind.

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Although ants are frustrating when they get into your home or when you’re having a picnic, ants do help the environment. They are social insects, which means they live in large colonies or groups. Depending on the species, ant colonies can consist of millions of ants.

What do they look like?
Ants are skinny insects. Like their relatives the wasps, they have a narrow connection between their abdomen and thorax. They have chewing mouthparts, and their antennae are bent in the middle. Some ant species are very tiny (1-2mm long), but some tropical species are very large (30 mm). Most species are 5-15 mm long. Some ant species can sting, and all can bite. Ants have lots of glands for producing chemicals. Most species are brown, but some are black, some are yellowish, and some are partly or entirely red.

To solve the problem
To solve an ant infestation, you need to first eliminate the ones you don’t see in order to get rid of the ones you do. Ants are very social insects with very strict hierarchies. The queen, of which there is usually only one per colony, is responsible for breeding and populating the colony, and she is the only one who can do that. The problem is that she never leaves the nest, so you have to go through others to stop the reproduction cycle.