Ants

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Signs of Ants

If you’ve seen a few ants scuttling around on the floor, they might be just having a look around. However, they might be the sign of a larger ant infestation.

Ant Infestation Signs

Here are a few tell-tale signs to look out for, if you think you may have been invaded by ants.

    • Live Ants - if you’re seeing large numbers of live insects then you may well have a problem. If you find ants in your kitchen or in areas where you prepare food, then you need to do something about it fast.
    • Ant Pathways - in and out of your home or premises are another sign. Some types of ant will lay down a pheromone trail to a food source. This chemical attracts other ants to find the food.
    • Ants Nest -  a nest site can look like a small pile of soil or dirt. Some species of ant like to make their home in walls or other quiet, dark places, which are more difficult to spot.

Ant Facts

  • Ants belong to the insect order Hymenoptera - they are close relatives of bees and wasps.
  • Each colony can hold up to half a million ants - they can all get up and go very quickly if the colony is threatened.
  • Worker ants can live for up to seven years - while a queen can live for up to 15 years.
  • Ants swarm once every year often in August - the young queens fly away and set up their own, new colonies. If you hear people talking about flying ants, this is the swarm they are referring to.

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