Most ant species are smaller than a paperclip. They can carry more than three times their own body weight. Some species can live for several years, while others only live up to a couple of weeks. Ants live all over the world, with the exception of the inhospitably cold locations of Greenland and Antarctica.Continue Reading
More than 10,000 ant species exist across the world, mostly in warmer regions and tropical forests. Ants belong to the same animal order as wasps and bees, so they may share a common ancestor with these insects.
Ants are social insects that live in huge groups, typically in a colony or army, that have a hive structure very similar to bees. They can live in trees, underground or inside of the wooden structures of a house. The colony structure is run by a queen. This queen produces thousands of offspring, many of which become the female workers whose whole lives are dedicated to the colony. Male ants are born with wings, but their sole purpose is to mate with a queen, after which they die.
Ants communicate through chemicals which they detect through their antennae. These smells are left as trails to food sources or released to indicate that there is a threat against the colony.Learn more about Invasive Insects
Prepare a boric acid bait using mint or apple jelly for sweet-loving ants, or use peanut butter as bait for grease- and protein-loving ants. While borax and boric acid are often confused, borax is a laundry additive and boric acid is used in insecticides.Full Answer >
Killing black ants in the kitchen can be done simply with a dish soap solution spray, with commercial chemical sprays such as Raid, or by setting baited traps like the Combat Quick Kill. Killing the visible black ants is just the first step, as once you get rid of them, you have to keep the next wave from coming back. The best solution is one that both kills and deters the ants from coming back.Full Answer >
Carpenter ant infestations are indicated by piles of wood shavings, the presence of smooth holes in wood and the emergence of large, winged ants from the structure. Worker ants don't have wings and aren't necessarily a sign of an infestation since they may forage for food far from the nest.Full Answer >
According to BBC radio, wood ants hibernate during the winter in insulated ant nests that are built to withstand snow and cold weather. Carpenter ants also lie dormant during the winter but stay active if their nest is located in a warm indoor area.Full Answer >