Ants are tiny insects that invade many homes and businesses throughout the year, especially in the desert climate.
Ants are social insects that evolved from wasp-like creatures after the rise of flowering plants between 110-130 million years ago. There are more than 22,000 species of ants roaming every landmass of the Earth.
Ant characteristics comprise a node-like structure with a slender waist and elbowed antennae. They form colonies, which range in size from a few dozen to millions of ants, serving the female “queens.” The colonies have been described as super organisms because of the amount of teamwork involved in building their infrastructure.
Ants are the most common household pests in the country. Most ants have been categorized into five generic group names: sugar ants, grease ants, piss ants, red ants, and black ants. Ants can be organized into two general categories: inside and outside ants.
For additional identification and control of Ants in New Mexico, download this booklet provided by Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund.
Prevention of Ants in Your Home:
- Inspect your home for cracks, voids, weep-holes, or other areas ants can gain access. Seal these areas upon inspection.
- Make sure windows and doors are closed tightly
- Check brushes and shrubs to avoid contact with your house
- Don’t stack firewood, bricks, or other materials next to your house where ants can nest
- Flood unwanted colonies with club soda or white vinegar
- Use bait to deter ants from food sources
- Kill off the ant trail
- Squish the soldiers
- Keep your home clean
- Call a professional