Faqs About Ants

Ants are of the family Formicidae and, along with the related families of wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera. They are a diverse group of more than 12,000 species, with a higher diversity in the tropics. They are known for their highly organized colonies and nests, which sometimes consist of millions of individuals. Individuals are divided into sub-fertile, and more commonly sterile, females ("workers"), fertile males ("drones"), and fertile females ("queens"). Ant colonies are sometimes described as super organisms because the colony appears to operate as a single entity. Ant communication is accomplished primarily through chemicals called pheromones. So for instance, when a forager finds food, she will leave a pheromone trail along the ground on her way home. In a short time other ants will follow this pheromone trail.

Harmful Effects

Ants attack and defend themselves by biting and in many species, stinging, often injecting chemicals like formic acid. Bullet ants, located in Centralland South America, are considered to have the most painful sting among insects, although these are usually non-fatal. They are given the highest rating on the Schmidt Sting Pain Index. Ants are useful for clearing out insect pests and aerating the soil. On the other hand, they can become annoyances when they invade homes, yards, gardens and fields. Carpenter ants damage wood by hollowing it out for nesting. Typical ants that are classified as pests include pavement ants (otherwise known as the sugar ant), Pharaoh ants, carpenter ants, Argentine ants, and the red imported fire ant.

MAPECON Solution

General Pest Abatement Maintenance Program (GPAMP). This service is designed for the control of ants, cockroaches, mosquitoes, bugs, flies and other flying and crawling insects that transmit more than 35 communicable diseases to man. The treatment is done by spraying, misting, or brushing. This type of service is guaranteed to control the general infestation on the spot with a long residual effect. Garden Spraying is also an option designed to control pests found in your gardens, lawns, ornamental plants, and trees.

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