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Regardless of where you’ve lived in the developed world, there is a likely chance that you’ve had a run-in or two with the ant species. You might not have known which specific species you were dealing with at the time, but you likely knew you had a nuisance on your hands. It’s even possible you had more than that on your hands and just didn’t know it, as some species of this insect can do immense amounts of structural damage. Whatever the situation, ants aren’t an insect you want to mess around with.
Given the right amount of time and resources, they’ll consume your property. Therefore, it is best to jump on an infestation as early as possible. And that’s exactly what we are here to help you do. Learn to identify ant infestations and what can be done about them.
What Exactly Is An Ant?
The ant is an insect that hails from the Formicidae Family, but what’s even more interesting is this family is part of the Hymenoptera order. The reason this is so unique and exciting is that sawflies, bees, and wasps all belong to the same order. That’s right, bet you never thought the wasp and ant would be so closely related. Well, this is more because of the mentality of the two insects as opposed to their physical characteristics.
Both the wasp and ant maintain a hive-like mentalities. This virtually means they are social in habit and live together in organized colonies. They put everything aside and strive for the betterment of the colony. Whether it be feeding other members, gathering food, moving the queen, or building and maintaining the tunnels, these creepy crawlers will work together in large groups. Ants can be located all around the world and are especially common in warmer climates. They can range anywhere in size from 2 to 25 millimeters.
The ant is extremely common but honestly disrespected for the abilities that it possesses. One of the most unique things about the creepy crawler is they are considered the rival of the human as the dominant life on earth. As was mentioned above, they can virtually be located throughout the world, in every climate although they prefer warmer conditions. Do you think this is interesting? It is just the beginning.
The Majority Of Ants Are Female
I bet you never even thought twice about it, but most of the ants you see in and around the home are female. Most people think that an entire colony only consists of one female, the queen. However, this is not the case at all. With their unique caste systems, most of the ants you see are actually female. Worker ants are all female, leaving the sisterhood mostly responsible for the harmonious operation of the colony.
The Mating Rituals
The mating rituals of any insect society will likely be considered weird to outsiders. This is especially true when it comes to the ant society. When the conditions outside get warm and humid, the winged virgin queens and males leave the nests in search of mates. After the actual mating takes place, the queen drops to the ground and sheds her wings while the male perishes. The mated queen will then choose a nest site and burrow into the soil. This is something they usually do after a good rain, so the ground will be softer.
When underground, the queens will fast for weeks, until they’ve produced their own daughter workers. These daughter ants utilize the queen’s fat stress and redundant flight muscles to lay the first batch of eggs. These eggs will be fertilized utilizing the stored male sperm from the nuptial flight. This is no doubt a weird and unique mating system. Unfortunately, the elimination of these creepy crawlers will be no easier. Simply put, it is a process best left for the pros. We are here to help. All you need to do is reach out and we’ll dispatch someone out to the property as soon as possible.