My Mom's War Against Ants!
You're in the middle of preparing lunch, when suddenly - you notice an ant moving across your plate. Suddenly, you see a whole trail of ants making their way across your countertop!
Ants can invade an apparently clean environment literally overnight. So far there are over 22,000 varieties of ants recorded, with 12,000 fully identified. Just what do we know about these six legged insects?
For one - ants and termites are often mistaken for each other. Ants and termites are very different; but, today we will explore ants from the practical side: getting rid of ants through a qualified pest control company.
My Mom can't stand ants or termites and she is quite offended when ants have the temerity to invade her clean home; be it the kitchen, bathroom or laundry or heaven forbid a closet or the master bedroom.
- Where do the ants come from?
- Why are ants apparently countless?
- Why so many?
- What do they eat?
- What does a nest look like?
- Just how do these pea brained ants managed to return to the same spot over and over?
All are fascinating questions; but all that the homeowner wants is for the ants to leave and return outdoors! Again please use a professional pest control company.
How ants work and survive
Try to think of ants as the residents of the land before your house got there. Ants have been around for thousands of years. Highly organized, an ant colony has a few very important members: the queen (supreme leader, dictator, queen, president and other name meaning number 1!) The workers (exactly what it means) the drones, what a term for a fertile male of the species, who fertilize the Queen and die. Scientists call the ants a highly organized society. We like to think of ants as an army on a mission. Led by the Queen, the army has Colonels', Majors', Lt.'s and all the way down to privates. Our Marine Corps would be proud of the loyalty that each ant has for the army (aka: colony).
Twenty thousand strong, the army must search for food and water to survive. The queen sends out the members (infertile females to bring back locations of food. Once found the queen does not commit the army: commitment would risk death from the enemy: MAN. Precisely why the ants like to forage during the night! Imagine coming into the kitchen and seeing ants on the ceiling, walls, stove and counters! You will call a pest control company immediately!
Fascinating to study, we have learned one of the big secretes: ants leave an unseen trail called pheromones. Foragers bring food to the colony and feed the larvae form the stored food and leave a trail to be able to come back to the food!
Guess what: queens can live as long as 30 years!
Researchers have studied and re-studied ants since forever! The researchers have found one extremely important fact: ants who forage feed other ants. This fact is being used to destroy the queen and her army. If we can develop products that will eliminate ants through what ants perceive to be food and make that food eliminate many ants through ingestion or other means; we can eliminate the ants in your home.
Solutions to Ant Problems:
At the top of the article we mentioned Mom and her extreme disgust about ants in her home. Our pest control company came to the rescue! The question is: how did we make Mom happy? Well, we use products here at our pest control company to entice the ant to ingest the product, carry the product and infect many of the ants by transfer. Often the product will eliminate 98% of the colony within 24-48 hours! If the queen lives, she will get the message and relocate. By keeping a cleaner house, plugging as many entrances into the home that the ant would use, spraying the exterior of the home and placing bait for the workers to take back to the headquarters we can control the situation. We will never eliminate ants; there are just too many ants!! But we can control the ants in your home.
This is a shortened version of what happens when you use a pest control company but the information is on the mark.
Mark Leahy is the President of Blades of Green lawn Care and Pest Control, a family owned lawn care and pest control company in Rockville. Mark has concentrated his efforts in Central Maryland as well as Maryland's Eastern Shore. Mark has over 20 years experience in the Lawn and Pest Control Industries.