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Ant


Latin Name:
Formica

Size:25 mm (1 in)

Life Expectancy:1 to 3 years on average

Problems:Damage to property

 

Behaviour, Diet and Habits:

Ants form colonies that range in size from a few thousand individuals to millions. Larger colonies consist mostly of sterile, wingless females forming castes of “workers”, “soldiers”, or other specialised groups. Nearly all ant colonies also have some fertile males called “drones” and one or more fertile females called “queens”. The colonies are described as superorganisms because the ants appear to operate as a unified entity, collectively working together to support the colony. Most ants are generalist predators, scavengers, and indirect herbivores.

Ant problems:

Ants can damage wood used in buildings and can impact the structural integrity of the wood. They leave behind a sawdust-like material that provides clues to their nesting location.

Solutions

Minimizing Ant Problems:

Ant control involves application of insecticides in various forms including dusts and liquids. Some dusts are used directly where the ants are living. While liquids are applied in areas where foraging ants are likely to pick the material up and spread the poison to the colony upon returning.

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