If you’re having an issue with ants or any other insects, it is time to call your Tulsa pest control company. Ants are a colonized insect that can cause problems year-round. Well, we see most of these insects in the spring and summer months, the fall and winter can still be active for some species of ant. In order to protect, you set yourself in your home from these invaders, it’s important to understand how they work. This article lets take a good hard look at ants, their life cycle and what are you and your Tulsa pest control company can do to protect your home from these colonizing invaders.


There are many different types of ant species. In this article, we will take a look at some of the more interesting ones. Take, for instance, the formica ant. These ants are Slave owning ants. And as a species are unique in the fact, they use pheromones to communicate with one another. Pheromones are smellable hormones. They can communicate all sorts of different things to different ants. When these ants invade a rival ant colony, They use a mimicked  pheromone that scares off all of the soldiers. They will enter the colony and grab the eggs and larva from the victimized colony. They will remove them and take them with them with their rating party.

Some of these eggs and larva will become food for the formica ant to eat. But others will be taken back to their nest for a process of brainwashing. Pheromones will be applied to the eggs and larva as they develop. Once they become full grown adults, these brainwashed insects, believe that the formica Ant colony is their own colony. Because of this, they will work for the ants and tend to the young. The actual formica ants can’t actually do the work of the colony. Because of this, these ants must continue doing raiding parties on a regular basis to continue to populate their colony and keep getting the work done. It’s a devious way to stay alive, but nature is not always known for her scruples.  Contact your Tulsa pest control company for more information about this.


Thief ants are another devious aunt. These small ants like to find themselves close to another ant species. The pyramid ant is an ant that creates large colonies. The thief ant will actually create its colony right on the edge of the pyramid ant colony. When the time is right, the thief ant will go into the pyramid, ant colony, mimicking, it’s pheromone. The other ants will believe its pheromone and think that the thief ant is part of their colony. Once the ant has found its way inside, it will go to where the eggs and larva are stored and steal as many eggs is it can. It will take them back to its Colony where they will feed upon the ants and larva that they have stolen.

In addition to stealing each others young, ants will often fight one another. How many wars are happening under our feet all the time. Ants are very territorial and protect their own. They have many different weapons when it comes to dealing with invading ants. Fire ants, for instance have a painful sting that they can deliver. This thing will kill another ant. But if you knock over a fire at mound, you will know it because they will start to crawl up your legs. Hundreds of them will start to bite your ankles and feet if they can get to you. This can be very dangerous if you or one of your loved ones has an allergic reaction.  Because of this is important did you get with your Tulsa pest control company to eliminate, fire ant farms and colonies in your yard.


The leaf cutter ant is another form of ant. This species of ant is much more docile. Leaf cutter ants form a symbiotic relationship with a special fungus that provides them with a sweet, sticky substance that they use for food. The leaf cutter ants workers will exit the colony and find plants around them. they will start to cut pieces of the leaf off often many times larger than their own body. They carry these leaves back to their colony and bring them inside. These bits of relief will become the food for the fungus. Fungus grows it will continue to provide more and more sustenance through the sticks, sticky substance that it leaves behind. This symbiotic relationship is very important to these peaceful ants.  

Other ants use husbandry to provide for themselves. These ants will actually heard aphids. An aphid is a small beetle like insect that feeds upon the nectar of plants. They plunge their mouth parts into the side of the stems of these plants, and draw the nectar from it. As they feed, often they overfeed, and Some of the nectar is ejected from the anus. This sweet dung is used by many different insects for food. It’s known as honeydew. So these insects  will herd these aphids to keep them in one place, and to monopolize on the honeydew that they produce. In return, the aphids will be protected from predators by the ants. Contact your Tulsa pest control company for more details.


If you’re having an issue with the ants or any other bugs, then it’s time to call a Tulsa pest control company that can help. Here at TermMax pest control, we are the best in the business when it comes to dealing with ants or any other insects. We service the greater Tulsa area, including Broken Arrow, Coweta, Claremore, Catoosa, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Prattville, Bixby, Jenks, Turley, Owasso, and so much more. Call today for free estimate. We’re here to help!

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