Ants always compose a colony-males, queens (females) and workers-and there may be subdivisions of each of these in some cases. The males and females usually have wings during a portion of their lives, these having a simple arrangement of the veins; the workers are wingless, though some have vestiges of these structures. The queens and workers are provided with a well-developed sting in some groups of ants, while ill others it is vestigial or entirely absent. The usual colors of ants are yellow, brown, black, red, dull red or brownish yellow.
Colonies of ants occur in many kinds of locations. Some are in the ground and these may be of different types of structure; some occur in the cavities of plants, either preformed or else tunnelled out by the ants; some form nests on branches, malting them of various materials; and some nest in timbers or other unusual places; while a few kinds have no fixed homes.
Seattle Eastside pest Exterminator Non-chemical methods for ant control & prevention
The state of hygiene and sanitation in and around properties influences the likelihood of ant infestation. Indoors, all areas should be kept free of food particles as typically, surfaces that become contaminated with crumbs and other food particles include kitchen work bench surfaces, shelves and drawers, floors, tables, chairs etc. Feeding utensils should be washed up soon after use and not left unwashed for long periods. Outdoors, the area should be free of food sources (eg. bones, unclean pet feeding bowls and unrinsed drink bottles and cans. By tolerating sap-sucking plant insects or pests, you may also encourage an infestation of ants to follow so keeping your property as pest-free as possible is of high importance.
Eastside Seattle Pest Exterminator Chemical ant control and removal
The effective use of chemicals in ant control in Seattle relies on a thorough inspection prior to the application of chemicals. The inspection should attempt to locate nesting sites, feeding sites and the routes of travel between them. Care should be taken when making assumptions about ant nest location.