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  • Ants have a narrow waist with one or two joints (nodes) between the thorax and abdomen. Have elbowed antennae.
  • Winged reproductive’s have four wings, with the first pair being much larger than the hind pair.
  • Ants are frequently confused with termites. However termites have a broad waist between the thorax and the abdomen.
  • Termite reproductive’s have four wings of equal size.
  • Ants have an egg, larva, pupa and adult state.
    • 6 weeks to 2 months are required for development from egg to adult.

  • Ants establish new colonies by flights of winged reproductive’s and budding.
    • Budding is when queen leaves nest accompanied by workers who aid in establishing new colony.
    • Some of the most difficult ant species to control spread colonies by budding.

  • Most ants eat a variety of foods including
    • Honeydew, sugars, proteins, oils, seeds, plants and insects.
    • Require Water

  • Carpenter ants do not eat wood (as termites do) but excavate galleries in it to rear their young.
  • Best approach to control is cleanliness. Any type of food or food particles can attract ants.
  • Remove plants that can attract ants or control aphids, whiteflies and other insects that produce honeydew.
  • Reduce moisture sources and leaks.
  • Location of the nest is the key to control because ants are social insects.
    • Individual ants can be killed without ever solving the problem.

  • Nests may be in walls, behind baseboards or under a house. Some ants may nest in decayed or rotted wood in the house.
  • Baits exploit the foraging and nest mate feeding behaviors
    • Baits can kill foraging members as well as the queen so no other ants are produced.
    • Always use fresh bait
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