A Day in the Life of an Ant in Lexington, KY

  • By Matt Schaffer
  • 07 Apr, 2017

Ants are the most common pest problem in American households. With over 20,000 species of ants all over the world, it is not surprising that this is the case. If you suspect an ant problem in your home, IPM Pest & Termite of Lexington, Kentucky, is here to give you the information you need to help you understand these pests and learn how to properly eradicate the problem.

Lifecycle

Ants have four stages of their lifecycle: eggs, larvae, pupae, and adult. Ant eggs are soft and oval shaped and are about as small as a size 12 font period at the end of a sentence. Unlike many species, not all ant eggs are intended to hatch, many eggs are for nourishing the other ants being hatched. From the egg, ants become larva. As larvae, ants are required to eat constantly and because they have no appendages or eyes, adults must bring them food. From a larva, an ant becomes a pupa. At this stage of its life, ants do nothing but grow and reach maturity until finally they are adults. The entire lifecycle of an ant can take between weeks and months depending on the amount of nourishment the pupae receive, and the type of ant in question. From this point ants are either males, workers, or queens. Queens are larger than worker ants and lay all the eggs for their colony. These ants have wings to help them find mates. Under the proper conditions, a queen ant can live for decades. Worker ants are all female ants. These ants live for a few months, are smaller in size, and take care of the nest and feed the pupae to expand their colony. Lastly, the males also have wings like the queens. Males live for a few short weeks and are never involved in the colony except for providing queens with reproductive services.

Ant Basics

Because ants are a social animal, when an ant enters your home there are usually more than one. Ants typically enter homes because their only instinct is to gather and forage food and find shelter for the colony. Ants will lay a pheromone trail in their wake so other worker ants in their colony can follow the scent to a new trail of food. Ants will feed on anything, high fat foods, high protein foods, or sugary foods, so the warning that ants are attracted to sugar is not entirely correct. Ants can travel through the smallest of openings and invade your home. Because of their pheromone trail, killing the ants in your home will not entirely get rid of the problem: ants can still follow that same trail.

What You Can Do

If you notice flying ants in your home, it’s a bad sign. This means that the colony is in your home and must be eliminated. If you notice ants traveling through your home, and following the same trail, then the colony may be located near your house. Regardless of if the nest is in or near your home, ants are pests that need to be taken care of before the infestation gets worse and the colony grows. Store-bought ant repellent may work on ants coming inside your home but again, they can fit into the tiniest openings, so make sure you are thorough when you spray. If your infestation is too much for you to handle, you suspect the nest may be in your home, or you don’t want to take the risk of doing it yourself, IPM Pest & Termite is here to help. As a member of Angie’s List , a recipient of an A+ from the BBB , and over 20 years of pest control experience, IPM Pest & Termite of Lexington, Kentucky can assure your satisfaction and keep your home ant free. Contact us today with any concerns you have about ants in your home.

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By Elizabeth Burton 30 Jun, 2017
When it comes to pest control, I’m sure you are looking for the company that will solve your problem the fastest. However, there are many important facts to consider when choosing a pest control service that you might not know about. Some of these factors include environmental impact, price, location, and the quality of the service. When looking for the best and most reliable pest control service, look for a company that is QualityPro certified like IPM Pest & Termite Control.

What does it mean to be QualityPro certified you may ask? Great question! QualityPro is a third party certification managed by the Foundation for Professional Pest Management. The Foundation for Professional Pest Management is an organization with the goal of creating high and professional business standards and practices, and has done so since 2004. The certification itself is awarded by the National Pest Management Association to those companies which have been deemed as going above their call of duty in terms of state licensing. Only 500 pest control companies in the United States are able to claim this honor, which is less than 3% of all businesses in the field. It is considered the highest recognition of service and excellence in the pest control industry.

Now that you know what the award is, you are probably wondering what the qualifications are to be awarded this certification. The two most important standards maintained by companies who are granted this honor are their commitment to environmental services and professional industry practices. The four specific categories of testing include business operations, environmental stewardship, consumer relations, and sales. A company must apply to become QualityPro certified and they will be examined based upon their implementation of these four criteria.

Now you may be wondering what any of this means for you specifically as a potential client. The mark of a company being QualityPro certified is one that you should consistently look for when choosing a pest control company. It ensures that the service will go above and beyond typical expectations of professionalism in the industry. This award is intended to differentiate the higher quality companies from the others, making it easier for customers to choose the company that is right for them.

At IPM Pest & Termite, we have become a QualityPro certified pest control company to contribute to the high standards of excellence in our field. Based upon the criteria, we guarantee a service that is smart both economically and environmentally, along with being effective as well. We offer a multitude of services that will fit the needs of a wide variety of customers. If you are looking for the best pest control company in you, look no further than here at IPM Pest & Termite. We are located in Lexington, KY and serve the surrounding area, so give us a call today!
By Elizabeth Burton 29 Jun, 2017
With the official start of summer comes endless days spent frolicking in the grass and bathing in the sun. There is a certain carelessness that comes with roaming around outdoors during the summer months, but it is important to stay aware of your surroundings. Most people fear those pesky bites from mosquitos, but what about the others in the phylum arthropoda? It is almost inevitable to encounter some sort of bug during outdoor adventures, so you need to educate yourself on whether that bug is a friend or foe.

The brown recluse is the most feared insect when it comes to spending your summer outdoors. However, this specific spider has a twin that is frequently mistaken as its poisonous counterpart. Therefore, it is crucial that you are familiar with both insects in order to determine how cautious you should be.

The brown recluse is a recluse spider that is one of only two spiders in North America with medically significant venom, meaning that if you get bitten then you should immediately seek medical attention. They are usually colored a dull tan but can vary to a deep brown, with the younger spiders being lighter in color. A brown recluse is roughly the size of a quarter.

The most prominent identifier of a brown recluse is the distinct mark on the back of their thorax. It is a deeper mark, usually black, and is shaped like a violin with the handle pointing towards their abdomen. However, there are other spiders who may have similar markings. Therefore, you need to examine the eyes of the specimen to determine if it is a brown recluse. A brown recluse is one of the few spiders that will have three pairs of eyes and the only spider that has 6 eyes and the distinct violin-shaped mark.

Their brownish hue and outdoor habitat are what cause many people to misidentify a grass spider for a brown recluse. Agelenopsis , or a grass spider, is significantly larger than a brown recluse but has a similar coloring. However, this spider has a set of eight eyes and is a funnel web spinner. Although their bite may cause damage to possible prey, they are not a concern for humans. Based upon their name, they are most often found amongst the side of buildings spinning webs in corners and hiding amongst the grasses. A brown recluse will nestle into a similar habitat and try to find areas with less activity.

It is of course possible that either of these spiders can find their way into your home, garage, or other closed locations, as they will be more drawn to dark corners and more hidden areas. There are two measures that you can take to ensure that you have a fun, spider free summer. The first is to educate yourself on the difference between these two specimens to prevent any bites. The second is to call us as IPM Pest & Termite Control for the most environmentally sound and effective treatment to remove such pests. We are located in Lexington, KY and serve the surrounding area.


By Matt Schaffer 07 Apr, 2017

Ants are the most common pest problem in American households. With over 20,000 species of ants all over the world, it is not surprising that this is the case. If you suspect an ant problem in your home, IPM Pest & Termite of Lexington, Kentucky, is here to give you the information you need to help you understand these pests and learn how to properly eradicate the problem.

By Matt Schaffer 07 Apr, 2017

Debatably one of the biggest nuisances of the summer months, a mosquito’s buzzing and biting is known by everyone. While these pests may seem harmless, aside from the itching, many people are unaware of the potential for spreading disease that mosquitos have. Let IPM Pest & Termite of Lexington, Kentucky, teach you about the mosquito’s habits and life, and to help you better avoid and treat an infestation.

By Matt Schaffer 06 Mar, 2017

Moles vs. voles: which do you have? These two rodent-like, four-legged vermin are often confused for each other. Although their names sound similar, and both make a mess of your yard and garden, that is where their similarities end. Knowing which pest you have is key to eradicating them from your yard because mole control and vole control are different processes. Whichever you have, IPM Pest and Termite are your pest experts in Lexington, Kentucky, and are here to help!

By Matt Schaffer 06 Mar, 2017

If you hear scurrying in the night, have seen rodent droppings in your home, or suspect an infestation of any kind, it is time to act. At IPM Pest and Termite, your best choice for mouse and rat control in Lexington, Kentucky, we want you to know the differences between these two pests so you can better decide how to handle your infestation problem.

By Matt Schaffer 06 Feb, 2017

IPM Pest and Termite  in Lexington, KY is a family owned firm with over 20 years of pest control experience. They truly value you as a customer and ensure that their treatment programs are entomology sound and conscientious of the needs of people, pets, property and the environment.   Call today for a no-cost estimate and let IPM Pest and Termite uninvite your “houseguests”.

By Matt Schaffer 06 Feb, 2017

At  IPM Pest and Termite  in Lexington, KY we offer professional and certified pest control with 20 years of experience. We are experienced in entomology and are committed to innovative pest control.  We will always be conscientious of the safety of your family, pets, home or business as well as the environment while taking care of pest management for you. Our specialties include treating for stink bugs, bed bugs, termites, ants, centipedes, spiders, and many more. Call today and IPM Pest and Termite will inspect the area in need of pest control and make recommendations and offer specifically adapted treatments for your needs.

By Matt Schaffer 04 Jan, 2017

Bed bugs have become an epidemic throughout the country. These small, brown, and oval shaped bugs live on the blood of animals or humans and can infest houses and buildings in a hauntingly fast manner. Because bed bugs are being seen more and more frequently, it is important to be well informed about these insects to prevent your home from becoming the next infestation ground. At IPM Pest & Termite, your best choice for pest control in Lexington, Kentucky, we want to help you better understand this insect so you can prevent it from taking over your home.

By Matt Schaffer 02 Jan, 2017

As winter begins to come full circle, many start to worry about the various insects and pests that may enter one’s home for protection from the cold weather. One of these insects that may enter your home are spiders. The majority of Kentucky’s spiders are harmless to humans even when they enter our home. However, no one wants spiders crawling around their home!

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