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FAQs About Ants

Although ants sometimes invade homes and become a real nuisance, they are fascinating creatures. It is important to understand how ants live and behave when trying to eliminate them from your home. Below are a few of the most frequently asked questions about ants, so you can gain a better understanding of the creatures.

Do Ants Need Oxygen?

Like all animals, ants need oxygen to survive. However, they have a relatively slow metabolism and so, they do not need as much oxygen as humans.

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How Long Can Ants Hold Their Breath?

Many people think they can get rid of ants by drowning them or suffocating them. These methods for getting rid of ants are simply not effective because ants do not have lungs.

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How Can Ants Carry 50x Their Own Weight?

According to the type of ant and estimates provided by different agencies, ants can carry anywhere between 10 and 50 times their own body weight. This is an amazing fact because ants are so tiny.

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How Long Do Ants Live?

The length of an ant’s life depends on many things such as their species and the amount of food they have access to. The caste of an ant also depends on an ant’s timeline.

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What Time of Year are Ants Most Active?

Ants are most active during the spring and summer months. When the winter becomes colder, ants will seek out warm areas such as under rocks or the bark of trees, or in deep soil.

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Can Having Ants in Your House Make You Sick?

Like many other types of insects, ants have been known to trigger a person’s allergies once they make their way inside a home. Ants can also irritate a person’s asthma symptoms, or cause asthma in people already dealing with respiratory illnesses.

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Why Do Some Ants Have Wings?

Homeowners are often concerned to find ants flying around the home, usually in mid-spring. Nearly every species of ants have at least a few members of the colony that can fly.

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How Do I Identify a Queen Ant?

Queen ants fly to find a mate and so, if you spot a flying ant, there is a good chance that it is a queen. In most cases, queen ants are larger than the workers that support them.

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Why Do Ants Fight Each Other?

Many people are surprised to learn that ants sometimes fight each other. These fights are quite fierce and sometimes do not end until the body of one ant is so damaged, the ant dies.

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Are All Ants Female?

Most of the ants a person sees are female, which leads many people to think male ants do not exist. However, that is not true.

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Can Ants Talk to Each Other?

Of course, ants do not talk to each other the way human beings do, but that does not mean they do not communicate. Ants communicate with each other using mostly their antennas.

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How Do Ants Clean Themselves?

Ants are very clean animals. They have an oily saliva which they use to clean and oil their bodies by licking them. An ant’s antennae are very important, as they help the ant communicate and find food sources.

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How Many Species of Ants are There in the U.S.?

Nearly 1,000 different species of ants reside in the United States. The exact number known to scientists is 812. That seems like a large number, particularly when compared with Canada, which only has 135 known species of ants.

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What are the Smallest Ant Species?

It is difficult to identify the smallest ant species in the world because there are some species of ants that scientists have not yet identified.

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What is the Biggest Ant Species?

The largest ant in the world is thought to be the Dinoponera, which can reach lengths of three to four centimeters, or one to six inches in length.

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What are Classes, Orders, Sub Families, etc.?

Terms such as phylum, order, suborder, family, genus, and species are sometimes used to identify different types of organisms, including ants. Of these terms, species is the most specific while phylum is the most inclusive.

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My Home is Clean. Why are There Ants in My Home?

While it is easy to assume that ants only enter dirty homes, that is not always the case. You may have ants in your home when it is clean for many different reasons.

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What are the Safest Ways to Remove Unwanted Ants?

Ants are interesting creatures, but that does not mean you want them in your home. The marketplace is flooded with do-it-yourself methods to get rid of ants, including baits, and traps, and pesticides.

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Which Ant Species can Sting or Bite Me?

All ants have the ability to bite humans, but few do unless they feel as though their nest is being threatened. Ants that bite include field ants, crazy ants, and carpenter ants.

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Which Ant Species are Best for a Home Ant Farm?

The most common species used in ant farms are the red harvester ants and carpenter ants. These species are generally easier to see once they are inside the farm and as they move.

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How Can I Build an Ant Habitat?

You can build an ant habitat yourself instead of investing in a ready-made farm. Click below to learn what you will need.

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What Happens to Worker Ants if the Queen is Not Present?

Without a queen, an ant colony will quickly die out.

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If you have ants in your home, our pest control specialists at Pointe Pest Control are here to help. Call us today at (866) 633-1573 to request a quote and to learn more about how we can help.

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