Five Common Ant Questions Answered
Ants are interesting insects, and they’re one of the most common pests homeowners deal with.
Movies have painted quite the picture of what it’s like to be an ant (think A Bug’s Life, Ants, The Ant Bully, and even Honey I Shrunk The Kids). And we’ve fielded plenty of ant questions along the way.
Here are the most common questions we’re asked about ants:
1. Do Ants Bite?
Yes, ants can bite, but that doesn’t mean you should be afraid of every ant that comes your way. A few ants to be on the lookout for are:
- Carpenter ants can bite out of defense and they will inject formic acid into the wound
- Pavement ants sting or bite when provoked
- Fire ants are possibly one of the most feared ants, stinging and biting on a whole other painful level. Luckily for our customers, they are present in the southern states, not in the northeast.
2. How Many Ants Are in A Colony?
It depends. Many colonies are home to tens of thousands of ants, which is why killing off a couple isn’t going to get rid of your ant problem. The longer the colony has been around, the more ants there will be, meaning the sooner you take control of the problem, the better.
3. How Do Ants Get in The House?
Ants can get into your home or business through the tiniest of cracks and crevices. This could be anywhere from window sills to doorways, as well as any opening in the foundation or basement. It’s important to keep an eye out for these potential entry points and seal them up as
4. Can Ants Feel Pain?
Some people worry about hurting ants when they squish them out of their homes. The good news is that ants do not feel pain, but they do sense damage—two very different things. This is known as nociception.
5. How Can You Identify a Queen Ant?
For many types of ants, the queen will be much bigger than the workers. Unlike many of the other ants, she will also have wings.
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Your pest professionals at Green Pest Solutions understand the frustration of having pests, like ants, invade your home. Whether you have pavement ants, carpenter ants, or any other kind of ant, our experienced technicians have the know-how necessary to identify and control your ant problem. Call us today at 877-636-9469 for a free estimate.
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