Most ant species live in shallow nests in soil under stones. Some, like the carpenter ant, also live in wood which they excavate, but don’t actually eat. Other ants can live in spaces made inside plants, such as acorns, twigs and galls. Ants live in large colonies of up to 10,000 workers and many queens.
Ants eat a range of small insects that they capture or dead insects that they find. Ants require a balance of carbohydrates and protein. Queen ants, especially, require protein to make eggs and for the larvae to grow. In homes, ants forage primarily for sweets.
Method of Travel:
Ants travel in both wandering patterns and set trails. Trails are commonly found along branches of trees, foundations, sidewalks, baseboards and edges of carpets.
1. Follow good sanitation practices and remove food sources by storing food in containers.
2. Trim branches and limbs of trees and shrubs that touch the building to keep ants from gaining access.
3. Caulk cracks and crevices around foundations that provide entry from outside.
4. Clean up sugary spills.
5. Provide a dry, vegetation-free border, such as gravel or stones, around the perimeter of house foundations to discourage nest building; wood chip mulches and landscape plants provide a good nesting environment.
Steps to control:
1. Indoor treatments of wall voids and indoor nest sites may be necessary.
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