This species is a scavenger/predator ant that will eat most household foods, especially those that contain sugar, and other insects. Indoors they will colonize near heat sources or in insulation. In hot and dry situations, nests have been found in house plants and even in the lids of toilets. Outdoors they tend to colonize under rocks and exposed soil. They appear, however, to form colonies virtually anywhere, in a variety of conditions. They can trail extensive distances (though their trails are rarely longer than 50 feet), usually along landscape edges. Colonies range in size from 100-10,000, and house several queens (as many as 200, in some instances). They are non-aggressive. While queens can lay as many as 20-30 eggs in single day, they lay only 1-2 (or less) eggs per day on average over long periods of time. Typical time to adult phase of development is 34-38 days. It is believed that queens and male ants are only produced in larger colonies.
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The workers are about 1/16-1/8" (2.4-3.25mm)long. Their body is brown to black. They are mono-morphic or all the same size. When crushed they give off a foul odour.
Little is known about the lifespan of the ant, though it has been shown that queens can live at least 8 months (and probably much longer), workers at least a few months (and show every indication of living as long as queens), and males appear to live only approximately a week.
The odorous house ant is very tough, and injured workers have been observed to continue living and working with little hindrance. Some queens with crushed abdomens could still lay eggs, and there are documented instances of queens surviving without food or water for over two months. They also appear highly tolerant to hot and cold temperatures. These ants are very resistive and can resist over heavy blows as as well.
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Ants. They're a problem.
No matter how your home is constructed, where it's located, or how old it is, it could be invaded by ants. Expansion joints, foundation cracks, and tiny gaps around plumbing are all opportunities for pests to enter your home. It's a frustrating problem for millions of homeowners. In fact, ants are the number one "nuisance pest" in the U.S. and one that seems to multiply faster by the hour. They enter homes because that's where the food and water are.
Chances are that the ants in your house actually have their nest outside yet travel back and forth for food and water. So, since they live outdoors, it makes sense to control them there.
Termidor Ant Control is applied to the exterior foundation walls of your house, creating a treated area of protection.
Why are Termidor and Phantom the best pesticides for getting rid of ants in your home or commercial building?
An effective ant control program begins by conducting a thorough inspection by a pest control expert who can determine the best extermination treatment program for ant removal in your home, yard or commercial building. After the inspection, an integrated pest exterminator plan that includes the Inside-Out Program may be recommended. Inside-Out offers effective control with two leading-edge products: Termidor for undetectable ant control outside and Phantom for undetectable control inside.
Undetectables: A Proven Solution.
In the past several years, the professional pest control industry has been revolutionized by new control technologies, especially in the area of nonrepellents or "undetectable" liquid treatments. Unlike older insecticides, undetectables can't be smelled, tasted, or even felt by pests. So they crawl through the treated area, not knowing that by ingesting treated materials or merely contacting the insecticide, they'll die.
Termidor is unique because ants not directly exposed to the Termidor-treated area will be controlled as they come into contact with affected ants. This "Transfer Effect" means you'll see its effects on ants in one to three days, most species will be removed within the first week following treatment and 100% will be eliminated within three months. Plus, Chuck Sullivan Exterminators provides a worry-free All Pest Service Guarantee.
Termidor and Phantom are the best way to get rid of ants in your house or yard and are pet friendly and safe for children.
Odorous Ants are INCLUDED in the All Pest Service guarantee.
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