Interesting Facts About Ants

Ants are very common almost anywhere you live, but certain species of ants are truly unique and can provide insight on a range of topics from social behavior to traffic patterns.  Here are some interesting facts about ants.

Ant colonies come in all shapes and sizes.  A few species live in colonies of only a few dozen ants; however, the average ant colony contains thousand of individual ants.  Smaller colonies live in natural crevices or openings while larger colonies create vast nests and forage for supplies and food.  There are super colonies that can contain more than 300 million individuals.  These super colonies have been identified in the Unites States, Japan, Australia, and southern Europe.

Ants are very social insects, and they divide jobs among different types of ants in each colony.  The queen or queens have only one job and that is to lay eggs.  All other female ants are workers; they feed the larvae, take out the colony’s trash, forage for food and supplies, or defend the nest.  Male ants’ only job is to mate with the queen.

Ants do not have ears.  Instead they hear by feeling vibrations in the ground.  Special sensors on their feet and their knees help ants interpret signals from their surroundings.  They also use their antennae and the hairs on their body o feel around while foraging for food.

Ants can lift 10-50 times their body weight. Because ants are so small, their muscles are thicker relative to their body mass than in larger animals.  This allows ants to carry objects much heavier and bigger than them.  To put it into perspective, if humans could lift 10 times their weight, a 200-pound man could live a small car above his head.

Ants are most commonly found in kitchens, bathrooms, inside walls, bedrooms, and basements and are common in almost any type of structure.

Although ants may have some fascinating features, ant control and management around the home are important for health and safety reasons.  InCide® Pest Control Insulation will kill ants upon contact with the insulation and is intended to prevent infestations anywhere the product is applied.

If you suspect an ant infestation, contact a professional pest control company and ask them how InCide Pest Control Insulation can help reduce ant infestation in your home.


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