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Surprising Facts About Ants

Even though ants are small insects and don't appear to be a threat, there are a few interesting facts about them that make them one of the largest types of pests that could invade your home. A colony of ants can come in any shape and any size. Smaller colonies can thrive on only a few dozen ants while others have several hundred to carry out various jobs. Most of the larger colonies are seen in desert regions in the United States and in countries that include Japan and Australia.

Each ant has a certain type of job to perform. Some of them stay with the queen to protect her while others seek out food to bring back to the colony. The only thing that the queen has to do is lay eggs so that the colony continues to thrive. There are other female ants in the colony, but they usually nurse the larvae and seek food as well.

Understanding Ants

It might seem like ants are triggered by sounds when you're outside because that's when they appear, but they don't have any ears. They use their sense of smell and taste to determine when there is food outside or inside your house. They also have sensors on their feet that detect sensations in the environment, directing them as to where there could be food and water. Although ants are small, they can lift almost 50 times their body weight. Not every species is this strong, but most ants can at least lift 10 times their weight, making them one of the strongest animals in the world when you compare the size to the amount lifted.

While most ants have colonies or ant hills to live in, there are some that wander around aimlessly. They will travel throughout the day and night to look for food and a colony that will accept them. A queen will stop to make a home when she is ready to lay her eggs.

If you see ants in your home, Addison Pest Control can use products that are safe for your family and pets to treat the pests. Future treatments can also be conducted to prevent any further infestation.

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