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Interesting Facts About Ants
  • The queen ant lays the eggs, and then the worker ants take over, caring for the eggs until the babies emerge
  • An ant is capable of lifting up to 20 times its body weight.
  • Ants have one of the largest brains of all insects. In fact, an ant has an average of 250,000 brain cells.
Don’t let household ants take over your home. Call Beeline Pest Control today and we will help exterminate those irritating insects with our quick and safe methods.

Why Are Ants So Hard To Eradicate?

Using do-it-yourself products often doesn’t work when homeowners are dealing with ants. These products lack the strength of those used by professionals and often only treat those that can be seen, not hidden in the home. Once ants begin dying off, others in the colony realize there is a problem and relocate, making it even harder to kill them. Property owners find that treating the home or office makes the problem worse as a result of the actions they have taken to try to resolve the problem.

How Do Ants Enter A Building?
Property owners want to know how ants get into a building in the first place. As they are so small, they can make their way into a home or business through the tiniest of cracks. This may be a minuscule space under the front door, or it may be a vent leading into the home. They nest anywhere, including stumps, under foundations, and in lawns or walls of the home. Once they make their way inside, they go in search of greasy or sweet food, often found in storerooms or pantries, along with water. Once a food source has been detected, the ant leaves a pheromone chemical trail to alert other animals to its presence. With the help of our ant pest control measures in Texas, these pests can be removed from the building in a short period of time.
The Feeding Habits Of Ants
Ant species vary regarding what they eat. Many people assume carpenter ants eat wood just as termites do. The truth is they chew through the wood, but don’t consume it, although this may do damage to the structure. They leave behind a material that looks like sawdust, and this material can be of help in finding their nest. Black carpenter ants are commonly found in Texas. Pavement ants are frequently seen in the state and are often referred to as sugar ants. They love to eat anything, including honeydew, honey, meat, ice, insects, and cheese. This type of insect often gets into human food, as they like the items people eat. Black ants also love to eat sweets, which helps to explain why they are also often found in kitchens.
Ant Colonies
An ant colony can grow rapidly if not removed. An ant colony may be home to anywhere from 300,000 to 500,000 insects. When the colony is threatened in any way, it will uproot and find a new location quickly. One reason ants are so hard to get rid of is the worker ant may live for seven years. The queen ant may live as long as 15 years and reproduce multiple times during these years.

Questions that People Most Frequently Ask Us

Take a look at some of the typical questions that pop up in the minds of our clients

How do ants find food?

Ants use their sense of smell to find food. They are attracted to sweet smells and will follow a scent trail back to the source. Once they find food, they will leave a scent trail for other ants to follow. This is how an ant colony can quickly become an infestation.

What kind of ants are in Texas?

Texas is home to a variety of ants, including the following: carpenter ants, fire ants and sugar ants.

What attracts ants to my home or business?

Ants are attracted to a variety of things, including: food that is left out or not stored properly, sweet smells and warmth.

What do ants eat?

Most ants eat plants or other insects, but some species of ants are known to eat sweets. Sugar ants are one of the most common types of ants that invade homes in search of food. They are attracted to sugary foods and can be a nuisance if they get into your pantry or cupboards.

Can ants kill you?

While ants are not poisonous, some species can bite or sting. These bites and stings can cause irritation and swelling. In rare cases, an allergic reaction to an ant bite or sting can be life-threatening.

Can ants fly?

Some species of ants can fly, but most cannot. Carpenter ants are one type of ant that can fly, which is how they are able to travel long distances to infest new homes.

How can I stop ants from coming in my business or home?

There are a few things you can do to prevent an ant infestation in your home or business, including: Keeping your home or business clean, keeping food sealed and stored properly and calling a pest control professional if you have an infestation.

Where do ants build their homes?

Most ants build their nests in the ground, but some species will build their nests in trees, under rocks, or even in your home! Carpenter ants are one of the most common types of ants that infest homes. They tunnel through wood to create their nests and can cause significant damage to your home if left untreated.

How strong are ants?

While ants are very small, they are actually quite strong! Some species of ants can lift objects that are up to 20 times their own body weight. That’s the equivalent of a human lifting a car!

Are ants good for my garden?

Most ants are beneficial to gardens as they help aerate the soil and distribute food. Some species of ants will even protect your plants from other pests! However, carpenter ants can be destructive to gardens as they tunnel through woody stems and roots.