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Sharing Your Home with Ants
Sharing Your Home with Ants
Although we do not like sharing our homes with ants, ants are beneficial insects in our world. The ants do a great job in nature; ants greatly reduce the amount of dead and decaying plant and animal organic matter. Many of the ants will aerate the soil with their nests (just ask us about the Fire Ants). Many species of ants have a fondness for honeydew (a sweet substance produced by aphids). If you notice large numbers of ants crawling inside of your plants this could be sign of serious aphid infestation. In this instance we might suggest controlling the aphids first.
Many Ant infestations are not easy to control, but using good treatment strategies and a little maintenance along with sanitation, most of your annoying ants can be controlled. In saying this the way you might way to approach the ants is to try and find the nest. If you can locate the nest you may be able to eliminate it with a small amount of pesticides. Ants maybe controlled with a combination of good sanitation, wiping down and removing pheromone trails, caulking and sealing up entry points and eliminating active nests. Insecticide sprays and baits can be used to kill foraging ants and eliminate the nests. This is where most will stop. This is where we suggest treatment strategies designed to prevent further infestations. Ant Baits along with a good non repellent insecticide will help you with long term ant control.
All ants live in colonies, which consist of at least one egg-laying female (queen), short-lived males, and workers (sterile females). The ants you see foraging in your home, kitchen or garden are all workers. When a worker finds any food, they in turn will communicate with other workers by leaving chemical message (pheromone) on the substrate as they crawl back to the nest. Although we cannot smell it, this “trail pheromone” will stick to the substrate for long periods of time and helps other ants find the food at the end of the trail.
In the spring, you may see winged ants thinking they are termites. These winged ants are the start to many new colonies. They are the new reproductives from the nest (Natures way of preserving the species. Winded ants are poor fliers so they may just land back in your area and re-infest your home. But if is a windy day they can travel for miles to new locations and invade homes to forage for food or to establish a new colony.
Food for Ants
Part of the reason that ants become a nuisance in our homes is that they often like the same types of food that we do. As a group, ants will eat a wide range of foods. They will feed on sweet foods, protein foods, greasy materials, starchy substances, and all kinds of plant and animal materials. Ants will change their feeding preference from day to day depending on the needs of the colony.
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