Appearance and Size Facts
- Ants range from the tiny, essentially harmless Ghost ant (also commonly referred to as the sugar ant) to the ferocious and prolific Fire ant that deliver a sting that literally feels like you've touched fire
- Ants have a three-part segmented body, three pairs of legs
- Live in a colony with many other individuals of the same species
- Members of the order Hymenoptera, along with bees and wasps
- All ants are in the family Formicidae, which is divided into a dozen or so subfamilies
Behavior and Habitat of Ants
Ants are social insects. They live in colonies that may include thousands or even millions of individuals. The wingless worker ants are the most common adults seen. However, there are three types of adults: Queens, Males, and Workers. Ants become adults in just a few days to a few weeks. Each ant passes through four distinct growing stages: egg, larva, pupa, and the adult. Ants live a very busy, but short life compared to humans. The average life expectancy of an ant is 45-60 days. However, they reproduce so quickly that the overall colony just gets larger with time.
Signs of Infestation of Ants
Ant mounds can damage lawns and landscaping, as well as, contaminate food, food preparation areas, and invade pet food bowls when they make their way into your home or business. They may be small, but they make up for their size in numbers; if you spot one ant, be certain there are many, many ants; long trails of ants busily moving back and forth around the food site and the surrounding areas.
Tips for Prevention of Ants
Keep food items secured and pet food off of the floors. Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed 2 foot from the home. Caulk any visible cracks around windows and doors.
Latest Pest & Termite Control News
The beautiful warm and sunny weather in South Florida makes it one of the most desirable places to live and visit in the world. However, residents and tourists are not the only thing that love to visit the beaches and enjoy the outdoors in South Florida, so do the bugs....Read More ›
Jul 24, 2020—Insects
The Household Casebearer, also known as the plaster bagworm, is a type of moth that is prevalent throughout South Florida. However, this moth insect is most known for its juvenile caterpillar life stage where is resembles a worm-like insect hiding and protected within a flat, grey case. The...Read More ›
Homes in South Florida are in need of spider control due to the prevalence of the creepy crawlers throughout the region. There are nearly 60 different species of the eight-legged arachnids in the state. Many homeowners consider pest control to be treatment for ants, lawn pests, rodents, or...Read More ›