Those Busy Ants

Around the country, problem ants, often originally from other countries, continue to invade new areas. Crazy ants, trap jaw ants, white footed ants, fire ants, Argentine ants, and Pharaoh ants are just a few of the many ant species that are gradually spreading.  These and other prolific ant species are one of the reasons ants have become our nation’s #1 pest.  Because unprotected homes experience repeated and persistent ant invasions each year, new clients call more often to control invading ants than any other pest. Ant colonies are humming with activity at this time of year!

There is an abundance of food and colonies are growing in numbers, with queen ants laying dozens of eggs day in and out. At various times ants wander indoors, searching for food, moisture, or a better nesting site. If they find what they are looking for, expect more ants to follow—often hundreds or even thousands of ants within an hour of the original discovery. Outdoors, an abundant food eaten by many kinds of ants is honeydew.

What is honeydew?  It is a sugary substance excreted by aphids, whiteflies, and many other plant-sucking insects.  Ants love honeydew so much that some species actually tend and protect the aphids and other pests that produce it, and will even carry the aphids to new plants. Ants are pests that almost continually try to invade a home, and require professional treatments to keep them out.  If you or someone you know is having problems with ants, call us— we are the area ant experts!

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