Ants are a major nuisance here in Southwest Florida. They are a social insect that live in colonies. Many species of ants have just one queen in the colony; however, many species of ants have multiple queens, as many as 100 or more queens per colony. Some species of ants have colonies consisting of hundreds of thousands of individual ants. The key to eliminating an ant colony is to kill the queen or queens. If all the queens are not killed or sterilized, the colony may be able to rebuild and survive a traditional insecticide spraying treatment.
Ant colonies contain two basic castes or types of individuals. Reproductive ants; such as queens and reproductive male ants, and worker ants that do all the work in the colony. The ants you usually see are the worker ants. You normally see only 5% of all the ants in the colony out foraging. That means there are 95% more ants still back in the colony. An ant goes through four stages of life to become an adult ant. The stages are egg, larvae, pupae, and adult. The egg hatches out into a tiny worm like animal. The larvae cocoon themselves just like a butterfly to develop into an adult. The cocooned larvae age into adults. Then, they emerge out as a fully grown adult ant.
Ant colonies have a complex food cycle within the nest. Worker ants have a sponging mouthpart and can only absorb liquids. Solid foods that are brought back to the colony will be fed to the larvae stage of the ant, which has a chewing mouthpart. Ants eat most anything from cosmetics, soap, chemicals, body oils, to food products.
Collier Pest Control specializes in eliminating the different species of ants here in Southwest Florida. In most cases, Collier Pest Control can completely eliminate your ant problems in just one visit.
Collier Pest Control has the most complete method of pest control service developed for Southwest Florida called “Collier Compete Treatment System”. This system enables our technicians to inject the proper amount of insecticides or baits into cracks and crevices, walls and voids, where insects live or trail. This system allows Collier Pest Control’s highly trained staff to accurately select the appropriate material to control your specific species of ant.
Call Collier Pest Control today for a free estimate and a complete explanation on any of our services. Don’t let unwanted guest spoil your beautiful Southwest Florida lifestyle. Remember, Florida does not have to be shared with insects!