What do ants look like?

Adult ants species come in a variety of shapes and sizes but each will be one of three different colony castes; queens, workers or males. Queens are fertile females that lay all the eggs in a colony. Workers are wingless females that gather food, feed larvae, maintain the nest, defend the colony, and do not reproduce. Male ants are winged and their only job is to mate with the queens during the swarming process.

Ant activity spikes in the spring and fall. Changes in weather, including heavy rains or drought, can drive ants indoors looking for more hospitable areas in which to live. They can enter through any small opening in the home, and if you see one, more will soon follow. 

Though small individually, an invasion of ants can cause all kinds of household problems. They can contaminate food and spread diseases, and some biting and stinging ants produce allergic reactions in humans and pets. Further, some species of ants can cause structural damage and chew through household wiring. 

There can be some identification confusion between ants and termites; the two seem similar upon initial encounter, but a closer look can reveal exactly which of the pests you are taxed with.

Ants:

  • Have slender waists and bent antennae 
  • Have longer legs 
  • In winged specimens, front wings are longer than back wings

Termites:

  • Have thick waists and straight antennae 
  • Have shorter legs 
  • In winged specimens, both pairs of wings are the same length

Because ants swarm, once you have an infestation, they can be difficult to dislodge. It takes vigilance and a combination of treatments using both home and perimeter insect control, but an ant problem can typically be resolved within a week or two. Follow-up prevention is key to ensure that they do not return.

Ants
Termites

Ants can be difficult to control and often require active maintenance and monitoring to ensure they do not return. However, All Pest Management can safely and effectively eradicate any active ant infestation. We offer numerous programs for ant control and can successfully eradicate and/or prevent any ant species from impacting your home or business.

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