Ants form colonies that range in size from a few dozen predatory individuals living in small natural cavities to highly organized colonies. Ants are social insects that can number in the thousands, and sometimes, even millions. Larger colonies consist mostly of sterile wingless females forming castes of workers, soldiers, or other specialized groups. Nearly all ant colonies also have some fertile males called “drones” and one or more fertile females called “queens”. The colonies sometimes are described as super organisms because the ants appear to operate as a unified entity, collectively working together to support the colony.
If you are not treating the outside of your home for pests on a regular basis, ants will establish scent trails which will lead into your house. Once these trails are in place, you must use more than just spray (insecticides, pesticides) to stop them from entering.
Ants come in all sizes and shapes. The most common ants in Florida include Red Fire Ants, Carpenter Ants, Ghost Ants, Crazy ants and Pharaoh Ants. Their color can vary too and though you might find them in something sweet one day, this same species may be found in a protein based food a day later. Additionally, ants are both annoying and persistent.
Ants often enter buildings seeking food and water, warmth and shelter, or refuge from dry, hot weather or flooded conditions. They may appear suddenly in buildings if other food sources become unavailable or weather conditions change. Their bites can be mildly painful, they can contaminate food and they are unsightly in living spaces. Treating inside the home will be required if you are seeing any activity inside. But you shouldn’t use a spray, traditional sprays will only kill the workers and the nest will quickly send in new troops. It’s important to have Swatter Pest Solutions inspect for ants or any entry points. Ants can be a major problem for your business or home.