are eusocial insects 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.
They live in colonies or nests and may have millions of individuals.
Individuals are divided into sub-fertile, and more commonly sterile, females ("workers", "soldiers", and other castes), fertile males ("drones"), and fertile females ("queens").
There is a great diversity among ants and their behaviors. They range in size from 2 to about 25 mm (about 0.08 to 1 inch). Their color may vary; most are red or black, but other colors can also be seen, including some tropical groups with a metallic luster.
Different Types Of Ants
Life Cycle Of Ants
In the spring, the queen ant makes a nest and lays eggs in it, which hatch into larvae in 3-4 weeks. The larvae are fed by the queen and then they pupate. The pupae hatch into worker ants which take over the mating duties. In humid conditions, some ants will develop wings and swarm. The whole life cycle takes about 2 months, but a nest may persist for several years.
The Pharaoh Ant life cycle is similar to the garden/black ant, except that they have several colonies with several queens. As soon as one nest is full, they will form a new colony.
Ants can eat up crops specially which contains sugar or starch. Ant bite can give you a severe pain with swelling. Ants like carpenter ant can damage your furniture.
Control & Prevention Tips
- Regularly mop the premise with disinfectants.
- Keep the kitchen slab clean.
- Keep all food article in air tight containers.
- Consult a Pest Control Company for routine check up and eradication of ants.