Question: Can you tell me a bit about ants?
Answer: Ants are one of the most successful insect groups. There are over 12,500 different types (species) of ants currently know. The final number may be as high as 20,000 species! Ants are social insects. Typically they live in highly organized colonies composed of three castes: winged, fertile females, or queens; wingless, infertile females, or workers; and winged males. The vast majority of ants are not structural pests. They have lived unnoticed in the urban environment for millions of years. The greatest diversity of ants can be found living in the tropics. In urban environments, there are a number of ant species that are considered pests.
Question: What do ants eat?
Answer: Ants eat a varied diet of proteins and carbohydrates. Their food demands usually depend on the needs of the colony at any given time. The common pest ants we encounter inside our homes feed on all types of food. Everything from bread crumbs to candy bars. Anything humans eat is also eaten by these ants!
Question: What is a small ant?
Answer: We call these ants “small” because they are smaller than a Carpenter Ant. Generally speaking, there are 5 species of so called “small ants” that are structural pests.