Ants, Interesting Facts About their Underground Life

Ants are among fascinating insects. Ants control all their activities, they are always busy, and they go about their work in an organized way. This business made them one of the first insects to attract man’s attention and admiration. Ants build their colonies underground. This is because they know that environmental factors like Rains, Humans, and Ant-eaters can destroy their works. Underground works as a perfect shelter and is also safe for food storage. As most ants feed on seed underground comes the as good source of the food.

Ants are hard workers, and every ant has a job. The workers build the chambers and tunnels. The workers make the tunnels by combining sand and clay with their saliva, while soldiers’ ants are defending the colony and fighting off the enemy. Worker ants dig tunnels and chambers in the soil, and as the colony grows, workers add more chambers and tunnels to the nest.

For all the activities run by ants, there are always well planned out coordination on who manages what. They integrate the work schedule together to prevent collision and commotion. There is a scope of work to be done. All of these projects run by Ants take place over a time frame. They have time to rest from work, a time to go looking for food, a time to feed their queen, a time for construction work and so on. Because they have a risk management plan in place, the speed of expediting repairs and reconstruction work on their damaged Hills is phenomenal.

Ants have an average lifespan of about45-60 days; however, some worker and queen ants live longer. Ants are usually 2- 7mm long with six legs and each leg has three joints. Ants can lift as much as 20 times their own body weight. The brain of the ant has about 250,000 brain cells, which is the largest among all the insects. As compared to humans with 10,000 million brain cells, a colony of 40,000 ants is same as a human.

Ant colonies have several million ants. When these colonies become too large, winged males and females fly to a new location and start a colony. The ants mate in flight. After the queen ant laying the eggs and starting the colony, she sheds her wings. The life span of a male ant is smaller than that of a female ant. A queen ant mates once and uses this sperm for years to produce thousands of offspring.

Each colony is also dependent on a queen to produce eggs and expand the working population, and if left untreated these insects will rapidly seek new sustenance and additional homes. Each queen can lay hundreds of eggs once, and four to six weeks later each ant will reach full adulthood. Their life cycle is solely dedicated to reproduction and harvesting new materials for either food or building.

Ant colonies have elaborate structures in which various activities are divided among different ants. Depending on the kind of work that these do, they appear in different shades of green, blue, purple and yellow. A yellow ant focuses on cleaning while the orange ant takes care of young ants and the eggs produced by the queen ant. Ants keep their nest very clean and have special chambers for garbage and dead ants. The queen lives for many years and produces a chemical that workers lick from her body informing them that the queen is healthy.

Although ants are fascinating, they can also be a nuisance.  They can get into your picnic lunch or worse, into your kitchen cupboard!  Ant traps may be a fine solution for a small ant infestation, however, if you find ants in every room, you may need to call a professional pest control company.  If you happen to live in Toronto, Ontario, give GTA Toronto Pest Control a call at 416-907-8509.