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Although ants are a nuisance and a pest if they enter your home or set up their nests near your property, the fact is that human beings have been dealing with them for a long time. In fact, ants got here first, and we have been moving in on their territory ever since.
Ants come in all shapes, colors, sizes and temperaments. Some of them are downright dangerous and aggressive, while others are considered useful and beneficial in some countries. Most ants form huge colonies that divide up the labor, but there are a few species that have smaller families and even spend a lot of time on their own.
Western Exterminator professionals have all of the facts about ants at their fingertips. They are trained to spot the types of ants that are in your home and around your property and they know how to remove them and prevent their return. If you have an ant issue call Western Exterminator at 800-937-8398 or use our online form to schedule an appointment.
Ants have been found on nearly every landmass on the planet. Only Antarctica and some inhospitable islands do not have ants.
Ants have been around for approximately 130 million years and examples have been found encased in amber from that time.
There are about 12,500 identified species of ants and some experts guess that there may be as many as 22,000 species on the planet.
Ants have exoskeletons that make their bodies very strong. This allows them to carry many times their own weight, even when walking upside down.
It’s estimated the total weight all of the ants in the world would equal the weight of all of the humans on the planet!
Another fact about ants is they form highly socialized colonies and have a division of labor. There is usually a queen that produces the eggs, the workers who tend to the eggs and queen and soldiers who defend the nest. Many species also have drones that head out to find food. Recent studies have shown that ants can divide up their labor to accomplish tasks like moving a large object. One ant can take a leader role and control and direct the other ants to accomplish the task.
Most species of ants have very poor eyesight and use other senses to navigate and to communicate. For example, most ants leave chemical trails to food sources and use pheromones to communicate with each other.
Scientists have used various methods to determine that ants have internal pedometers they use to find food sources and return to the nest. It is also believed have internal compasses to help them navigate.
The bullet ant, found in rainforest areas in South America, has the most painful sting of any creature on earth according to the Schmidt sting pain index.
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