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Ants are known for their extremely hard-working attributes to their colonies. They are one of nature’s hardest working insects, but what’s most interesting is they aid in the natural process of decomposition. They help break down leaf litter, dead animals and insects, and other types of dying organic material. In addition to this, they serve as a suitable means of food for a whole host of various insects and creatures. Interesting stuff when you sit down and think about it. That being said, there is nothing at all interesting or fun about an ant infestation. These little crawling insects will wreak havoc on your home. That is unless, of course, you learn to do something about them.
The Insects March With A Purpose
If you have ever detected ants in your home, you’ve probably noticed that they travel in an organized line. How do they know where to go and how far? Are they only carrying food to and from the colony? That is exactly what they are doing. They are carrying food to and from the colony, but the most interesting thing is how they are doing so. These creepy crawlers release an invisible pheromone that guides them to the food source and back to the colony. It essentially only takes finding one small scrap of food in the home to lead the entire colony inside.
Those above-mentioned pheromones with determination are what drive these little invaders to travel nearly 1000 feet from their colonies. They can also find their way back without incident. This is something you can, however, use to your advantage. If you spot ants in the home carrying food scraps, you can follow them. They will eventually lead you back to the colony. This is where you’ll want to start with your elimination efforts.
Built With Incredible Strength
Despite its small size, the ant is an incredibly strong insect. You will commonly see each member carrying scraps of food through the home. One ant can carry a breadcrumb on its back for nearly 1000 feet or more. This is how they feed the other members of the colony. This might not seem like much, but it is a sheer feat that not many could accomplish. Ants are extremely small in stature with a light bodyweight. Could you imagine carrying an object equal to your bodyweight for 1000 feet non-stop? You likely couldn’t do it and there aren’t many that could. It’s mind-blowing when you think about it.
A Large Population
We have been in the pest business for years now. In our many years of servicing the Austin, Texas area, we’ve only encountered a mere fraction of the ant community. There are currently more than 10,000 known species of this insect in the United States alone. This likely translates to there being trillions of these little crawlers on earth.
Preventing Any Infestations
When it comes to ants, it is always best to stop them before they become a problem. Of course, this is one of those things that are much easier said than done. However, it doesn’t mean that it’s entirely impossible. While we would never recommend DIY and over-the-counter pest solutions, planting mint in and around the home has proven to be an effective ant deterrent. It is a scent that seems to naturally disrupt the invader’s sense of smell and communication. When all said and done, the best means of ant prevention, detection, and elimination is contacting our pros.
We have highly trained pest management professionals standing by at our Austin office 24/7. All you need to do is pick up the phone, give us a call, and we’ll get someone out on the property as soon as possible.