Despite their small size, ants can be very clever. While they’re never likely to cause a fatal threat to our health, ants in the home or workplace can still be frustrating. In even the most challenging of conditions, ants work together in complex societies and thrive from very little sustenance.
Drawbacks of Ant Infestations
Bites – As mentioned, ant bites aren’t going to kill us or cause serious harm…but this doesn’t mean they aren’t itchy and annoying.
Food Poisoning – Ants can crawl over food in the cupboards and fridges; considering we don’t know where they’ve been before this, food poisoning is a real risk.
Damage to Business – Finally, businesses especially can be hit twice as hard. Not only can ants cause a hygiene problem, they don’t exactly entice clients and customers inside the building either.
Before looking at how you can spot an infestation, let’s learn a little more about these tiny insects.
- If all humans and all ants were dropped onto a (giant!) set of scales, the ants would be heavier.
- If submerged in water, ants could survive for around 24 hours.
- With forager worker ants, they leave the nest and go hunting up to 200 metres away. On their way back, they use scent trails from others to find the colony again.
- Depending on the species, each colony can contain half a million ants; as soon as danger is close, they quickly scatter.
- Relatives of wasps and bees, ants are in the Hymenoptera insect order.
- Using their mandibles, ants can carry items 50 times heavier than their own body weight.
- Seven years is the average lifespan for worker ants, but a queen can live twice as long.
- To communicate, ants use pheromones and this tells other ants that a food source is nearby (or that danger is approaching!).
- Between 110 and 130 million years ago, ants actually evolved from ancestors that had many similarities to the wasp we know today.
Remember when we said ants were ‘very clever’ this is exactly why!
Signs of an Infestation
While a couple of ants could just be investigating and not a huge worry, there are three main signs the ants are part of something much larger.
Pathways – Often, homeowners will spot ant trails entering or leaving the building. As we’ve already seen, ants can leave pheromone trails which guide all ants in the colony in the same direction.
Nest – Sometimes mistaken for a small pile of dirt, the species of ant will normally determine where the nest is located (commonly in small, dark spaces).
More and More Ants – Although this sounds obvious, the most common sign of a problem is lots of live ants in the kitchen, outhouse, or any other area.
Since ants are more active during the night, it can be wise to wait for nightfall before checking for these three signs.
Have you seen signs of Ants?
Call Pest Control Pattaya immediately on 099 272 8323.