Ant Control - Ant Colonies - Ant Guru


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Transcript:
Welcome
we're talking today about ants specifically ants in the desert
I want to go over
how ants bred what a ant colony is
Under what conditions should you expect to find an ant problem
I want to tell how they operate how they react to certain types of sprays
talk about the ants themselves
Ants live in a colony there a social insect
there may be different kinds of workers in the colony there’s the queen or multiple
queens those are the ones who are responsible for reproducing they lay
eggs
deep in the nest
queens an important fact to know about queens they never ever come out another
important fact is that there are worker majors and worker miners what we call them forgeres
and only about twenty percent of an average colony ever comes out of its
nest in other words are, I’ll repeat that
only twenty percent ever come out of the nest so if they take a vacuum and vacuum up all the ants
they see, did they get rid of there ant problem no because
the worker miners are the ones that help the queen and help the baby
larva and the baby ants grow up to be big ants and they never come out and they always
have food supply in their nest. But there is a fourth class called the winged reproductives
those are the ants that sometimes have wings on them
and they are males and females and they fly up and usually mate in the air and
they fly to a new location and they start a new colony
of all
the different classes probably the most important are the queens
because unless you get the queen
you don't get rid of the problem
a lot of people ask the question why do ants walk in a line
everybody knows that ants walk in a line
and they walk in a line because certain forger ants can lay down a chemical
trail it's a little chemical hormone that they lay down
and other ants follow it to the food source
chemical trails laid down by ants can last up to a year
how does that, I mean what implications or what
what is the kind of conclusions can we draw from that well
if we eliminate an ant colony that is in a consumer's wall
completely eliminate it right?
let's say there's another ant colony floating around in their yard
just kind of living out there and they pick up on the chemical trail that led
into the house that lead the first colony into the house they pick up on that they
can shoot right up in. It’s like a freeway system is already been built for them
so it's like
there floating around out in the yard living kinda
good but its still hot there still looking for a better place to live they
come across that chemical trail that that forger ant put down from last
colony that we eliminated and they'll shoot right back into the house