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Invasion of the Ants

October 07, 20224 min read

“If ants are such busy workers, how come they find time to go to all the picnics?” - Marie Dressler

Ants in Pennsylvania

As the weather warms up, so do the ants in Pennsylvania. Environmental Pest Solutions can help take care of any ant concerns that you might have, guaranteed. We will work with you to create a customized plan that will target the specific type of ants you are dealing with and eliminate them from your home or business.

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Where Do Ants Come From?

Do you ever see an ant and wonder where it came from or where its home is? ants are interesting creatures that have been around for millions of years. Here is some information about where ants come from and where they live.

Most ants live in the tropics. There are however, a few species of ants that live in colder climates. Ants that live in the tropics are usually found near the ground, while ants that live in colder climates are often found high up in trees.

Ants are social creatures and live in colonies. The largest ant colony ever found was in Japan and consisted of 45,000,000,000 ants!

The average ant colony has between 100 and 10,000 ants. The biggest ant colonies can have up to 50,000,000 ants!

The smallest ant colony ever found was in Australia and consisted of only 12 ants.

Most ant colonies have one queen. The queen is the only ant in the colony that can lay eggs. The queen can live for up to 30 years!

The queen is usually much larger than the other ants in her colony. She can be up to 10 times bigger!

The worker ants in a colony are all female. They cannot lay eggs

Most Common Types of Ants in Pennsylvania

There are more than 12,000 species of ants in the world, but only a handful of those species are commonly found in Pennsylvania. The most common types of ants found in the state are carpenter ants, pavement ants, odorous house ants, pharaoh ants, and Argentine ants.

Carpenter ants are one of the most common types of ants found in Pennsylvania. These ants are black or brown in color and can be up to an inch in length. Carpenter ants are named after their habit of nesting in wood, which can cause damage to buildings.

Pavement ants are small, black ants that are commonly found in urban areas. These ants get their name from their habit of nesting in cracks in the pavement. Pavement ants are known to invade homes in search of food.

Odorous house ants are small, black ants that emit a foul-smelling odor when crushed. These ants are commonly found in homes and can be a nuisance because of their propensity to invade pantries and kitchens in search of food.

Pharaoh ants are small, yellow ants that are native to Africa. These ants have become a nuisance in the United States because they are difficult to control and can easily invade homes. Pharaoh ants are known to carry diseases and can be a danger to humans.

Argentine ants are small, black ants that are native to South America. These ants have become a problem in the United States because they are very aggressive and can easily displace native ant species. Argentine ants are also known to carry diseases.

How To Get Rid of Ants

If you have ants in your home, you're not alone. Ants are one of the most common household pests in the United States. While ants are not known to spread disease, they can be a nuisance. If you're looking to get rid of ants, there are a few things you can do.

The first step is to identify the type of ant you have. There are many different species of ants, and each one requires a different treatment. Once you know what kind of ant you're dealing with, you can choose the best method of extermination.

If you have a small ant problem, you may be able to get rid of ants with household products. A mixture of equal parts water and vinegar can be effective in killing ants. You can also try using boric acid, diatomaceous earth, or Borax.

If you have a small ant problem, you may be able to get rid of ants with household products. A mixture of equal parts water and vinegar can be effective in killing ants. You can also try using boric acid, diatomaceous earth, or Borax.

Whatever method you choose, be sure to follow the instructions carefully. Ants can be difficult to get rid of, but with patience and persistence, you can rid your home of these pesky pests.

Ted Hantwerker

Owner of Environmental Pest Solutions

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