Hulett Response to Coronavirus. Read Here

GET STARTED

Ants

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.

Image of a magnifying glass

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.

An illustration representing a warning sign for bug infestation

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.

A cropped image of a pencil

Latest Pest & Termite Control News

Termites 101: A South Florida Homeowners Guide

Termites 101: A South Florida Homeowners Guide

South Florida is an attractive place to call home. It's no wonder termites also love West Palm Beach, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Naples, Fort Myers, Fort Pierce and other South Florida neighborhoods. In fact, termites are predicted to damage over 50% of South Florida structures by 2040, according to...

Read More ›
Drywood vs Subterranean Termites

Drywood vs Subterranean Termites

Here at Hulett Environmental Services, we receive many questions regarding the different species of termites and questions about the various effective treatment methods for eradicating infestations, including "Do you tent for subterranean termites?", along with "Does tenting kill subterranean...

Read More ›
What to Know about Termite Swarming Season

What to Know about Termite Swarming Season

As the warmer and rainy months approach, South Floridians must be aware that termite swarming season is also upon us, putting homes and businesses at increased risk of becoming infested. In fact, South Florida is home to many of the cities known for having some of the most termite infestations...

Read More ›