Ants, ants and more ants! You may think ants are everywhere in Florida. The good and bad news is, you’re right. Ants are just everywhere. We have big ones, little ones, black ones, red ones, ground nesting and wall / void nesting ones and even ones you can’t kill. (Yes you read that right, I’ll come back to that one)
If you have been here for any amount of time, than you have experienced an ant problem of some magnitude. Either you have experienced the sting of fire ants or you have had the unique (yet common) pleasure of having a trail of ants across your counter tops in your kitchen. You and I both know I could write page upon page of examples that we all have experienced with our unwelcomed guest the ant. So I will just state the fact, that ants have become the single most common pest problem in Florida over the last two decades. You know that is quite an accomplishment in a sub-tropical climate like Florida. We have many common pest like roaches, spiders, termites and a variety of other insects or even rodents. So to be crowned number one is an accomplishment indeed.
You may be asking yourself, “well good for the ant, they are king of the pests but I am king or queen of my castle so what do I do?” Well if you are queen of your castle than you have something in common with the ants. Females are in charge of the ant colonies. Not only are they in charge but they also do all the work and defending. So another great question you may ask is, what do ant colonies need males for? Well, run along and ask your parents the answer to that one and I’ll wait here until you return……………………………….. Good you are back, are you blushing? Anyway, ants are very complex (imagine that since most of them are female) and can be very difficult to deal with if you don’t identify them correctly (are you with me guys?) And if you do not treat them right, they can get much worse (Ok now my wife is looking at me, with that look) Let me get serious, I am starting to have way to much fun with this one but as I always say, “I am a bug guy, I have to have a sense of humor”. Joking or not doesn’t change the truth that ants are very complex, and need to be identified and treated correctly or they can and will get worse.
You may ask, “Can the wrong treatment be worse than no treatment?” The answer is Yes. I am going to give you an example and also answer the teaser question from the end of the first paragraph (There are even ants you can’t kill) Now when I say, “can’t kill” I do not mean that we or you can’t physically put an end to one of these or hundreds of these, what I am saying is by spraying, squashing, hitting with a hammer or any other form of a quick demise for certain types of ants will only make the overall ant problem worse. There are several ants that fall into a multi queen variety but I am going to reference ghost ants for this example. Ghost ants are a smaller ant and are growing in commonality for a Florida pest problem. Chances are you have even encountered these before. Ghost ants are sometimes called sugar ants, sweet ants and even piss ants but none of those are actual names for a real ant. Ghost and do prefer carbohydrates, so sugar ants or sweet ants makes sense. The other one, I am not sure about… Ghost ants have multiple queens in their colonies. They live in a total socialistic community. No room for free will here. The colony produces what it needs. If it is in a more hostile environment from opposing ants and predators they will produce more soldiers. As the colony grows it will produce more and more workers to keep the colony clean and others to forage. The foraging workers might have the shortest life expectances.
Did you know that there are types of ants that their foragers have life expectancies of three days or less? And you thought your job was hard. So, the colony is in tune with what is going on around it. Here is the hypothetical bad treatment and what happens:
You have ghost ants, and you have the wrong person or company either misidentify them or more commonly not even try to identify them. They just go with plan A and “spray” everything. Here is what happens. The foraging ants that are out and about die. You might be thinking great. (Not so great) Those ants obviously do not return to the colony. The colony realizes a mass amount of foragers didn’t return and starts to panic. Why panic because they think they are under attack. You thought they panicked because a bunch of their workers died? Sorry, I realized that I forgot to tell you that this type of ant only sends out a small percentage of their workers at any one time, so in case you were worried their colony is still just fine. Since the colony thinks it is under attack it takes the queens and colony and splits it up. This in the ant world is called budding. Now instead of having one ghost ant colony now you have five or six ghost ant colonies. It may even seem like your ant problem has gotten better since that person that mistreated you has left. This is because these five or six colonies are now small and like I said before they will only send out a small percentage of their foragers at any one time. So smaller colonies sending out smaller numbers probably equals less sightings for you. Even though I know you are smart and can see where this is going, I am going to finish laying this out. Yep, these small colonies do what colonies do. They reproduce and grow and yes even add more queens.
Ants have a very cool ability to produce whatever they are lacking. Need more soldiers, make ‘em. Need more workers, make ‘em. Need more reproductive, make ’em. Make ‘em male, make’em female. They are kind of awesome but not on my kitchen counters they’re not. So, before you know it, these five or six colonies have built back up and your problem is even worse (five or six times worse) Hold on it gets even better. Your problem is getting crazy bad now. What do you do? Hold on let me answer what most people do. They call the same person or company and say, “can you please come back and spray again”. And to answer your next question---yes it can get worse and start all over again…..So this gives you an example of how a wrong treatment can make your ant problem worse and an example of some ants you should not kill, at least not directly.
You may have been waiting on the million dollar question, “How do you control, this type of ant?” Well, a magician should never tell. But even Dorothy in the “Wizard of Oz” got to pull back the curtain and see the wizard. Okay, okay I’ll tell you the secret of how to get rid of these super pesky ants. Can you find the contact form on this site, good, fill it out completely and we will contact you and with your permission, we will take care of them. And show you in person how it is done correctly.
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