PEST ANTS ARE IMPRESSIVE!
Ant control in Auckland is a common issue! Here are 10 reasons that ants always seem to win their war with you!
Ten amazing FACTS about ants
1. There are over 12,000 ant species worldwide
Ranging from the ant you might find scuttling across your picnic to the ants building underground fortresses in the rainforest, to flying ants!
2. The bullet ant is said to have the most painful sting in the world!
Living in humid jungle conditions such as the Amazon, their sting has been compared to being hit by a bullet – ouch!
3. Fire ants cause over £3 billion worth of damage a year!
North America’s red imported fire ant might only be little, but the tiny critters have a painful bite which causes a burning sensation – hence the name “fire ant”, which costs the US millions in veterinary and medical bills every year! They’ve also been known to cause damage to farmer’s crops.
4. Ants are the longest living insects
Unlike some bugs who might only live for days or even hours, the queen ant of one particular species – the Pogonomyrmex Owyheei – can live up to 30 years – so be careful not to stand on her!
5. The ant is one of the world’s strongest creatures in relation to its size
A single ant can carry 50 times its own bodyweight, and they’ll even work together to move bigger objects as a group.
Ants carry leaves and twigs back to their nests!
6. Ants hold the record for the fastest movement in the animal kingdom
The aptly named species of trap jaw ant, can close its jaws at 140mph, which it uses to kill its prey or injure predators. Image if that bit you on the bum!
7. Ants can be found on every single continent except Antarctica
Ironic really, when you consider the name…
8. Ants are social insects which live in colonies
The colony, also called a formicary, is made up of one or more egg-laying queens and a large amount of female “worker” ants who tend to her, build and maintain the nest, forage for food and and care for the young.
Male ants have wings and their only function is to mate with the queen.
9. Ants don’t have ears, and some of them don’t have eyes!
Ants “listen” by feeling vibrations from the ground through their feet, and eye-less ants such as the driver ant species can communicate by using their antennae!
Plus, they can send chemical signals (called pheremones) released through their body to send messages to other ants! They send out warnings when danger’s near, leave trails of pheremones leading to food sources and even use them to attract a mate – a sort of ant love potion!
10. The largest ant’s nest ever found was over 3,700 miles wide!
Found in Argentina in 2000, the ginormous colony housed 33 ant populations which had merged into one giant supercolony, with millions of nests and billions of workers!
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Best practice technique
At ACES pest control we target the ant colony with the aim of getting a longer lasting result.
In 2020 we attended the NPMA ( virtually) and attended the session on treating ant SUPER colonies. We were interested to find out that the NMPA considers the Argentine ant a species that can form SUPER colonies. We were also please to find out that the best practice in the USA for ant treatments is to exclusively use products with a transfer property. Also that their focus is always outside and there is never an interior spray. Sound familiar? That's what we have been doing at ACES pest control for the last decade! We amp this technique up by adding in our focus on the species of the ant in your home. Tailoring our technique to your individual situation.
Your home and family
You and your family have busy lives! The ants have been annoying you for a while.
Despite buying some supermarket products they just don’t seem to go away!
THAT ' S IT! Time to call in the professionals. But are they going to turn up in their van and dump LITRES of toxic chemicals everywhere?
Not at ACES | ants!
We don't spray the interior of your house for ants. No preparation is required and you do not need to leave your home or business. The products we use are LOW toxicity to humans, children, cats and dogs.
And we are a carbon neutral business, we purchase NZ native trees to offset the companies carbon footprint.