Saint George has some of the most amazing landscapes Utah has to offer. With the red rock mountains around the valley, Saint George has some of the most beautiful golf courses. The weather in Saint George is also superior to any other location in Utah.
With the nice landscaping and amazing weather, there is one thing that is a downer, and that is the ants.
What ants survive in Saint George?
With 1000 different ant species, Saint George is home to five: the Argentine ant, Black ant, Carpenter ant, Fire ant, and the Pharaoh ant.
What does the Argentine ant look like and what does it like to eat?
Argentine ants are about 1/16 of an inch to ¼ of an inch long. The color of the Argentine ant will be a dark drown or black and they are very shiny. Argentine ants eat just about anything including eggs, meat, and oil. The Argentine ant will leave a pheromone trial everywhere they go. This will also help them not waste time when they are out looking for food.
What does the Argentine ant do?
The Argentine ant’s colony will be located near their food source; and in a wet environment. They will be found in gardens, and in your back yards. The Argentine ant’s colony can grow to epic sizes, covering a whole back yard or garden. Argentine ant bites will hurt, but luckily they will not create any health threats.
What does a Black ant look like and what does it like to eat?
The Black ant is one of the smallest ants Saint George will have. It will only grow to be about 1/16 of an inch; that is about the thickness of a dime. The body of the black ant is a dark shiny black color. The Black ant has a very powerful jaw and will chew their food. They will eat anything a human leaves out. When outside having a picnic, these ants try to invade.
What does the Black ant do?
Black ants will be out day and night. The colony will be found in small craters in the soil. Inside the colony they will house about 2000 workers. When the Black ant workers are out of the colony enjoying the weather, they will be looking for food to eat. They are very annoying. Call a professional to estimate how big of a problem you may have, and have them treat form them.
What does a Carpenter ant look like and eat?
Carpenter ants will vary in size, but they usually will be about ¼ inch to ½ inch long. Carpenter ants will be a variety of colors, ranging from a tan to a black color. They also can be an orange or red color, and may also have a combination of black and red. Carpenter ants will eat other bugs and will eat plants juices.
What does the Carpenter ant do?
The Carpenter ant will be found in wood that has been buried, or in old rotten logs. Outside the home, they can be found around porch stands, telephone poles, and any other place where the wood meets the ground. Inside the wood, the Carpenter ant will make tunnels to travel throughout, and build their colony up. The colony of a Carpenter ant can hold up to about 2000 workers. The 2000 workers will destroy your wood property. The best way to save your home from the Carpenter ants will be to call an exterminator.
What does the Fire ant look like and what does it eat?
The Fire ant is a red color and it will have tinny hairs coming off their body. They will vary in sizes; from 1.6mm to 5mm. The Fire ant eats anything that gets in their way; it will eat other insects, small mammals, earthworms, frogs, and even lizards. When the Fire ant bites, it also stings the prey at the same time as it places some venom inside it’s prey. The Fire ant’s venom will paralyzed the prey.
What does the Fire ant do?
The Fire ant may be small, but will create huge mounds; growing to be 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. In the ground mounds, the Fire ant will have hundreds of tunnels leading throughout the whole colony. Sometimes the colony mound can reach 8 feet deep. The colonies of the Fire ants can accommodate around 250,000 workers. The queen Fire ant can average about 1,600 eggs per day. These colonies can be found inside wall voids, rain gutters, bath traps, and under carpets, as well as in electrical equipment. The fire ant can pose a health threat so call a pest control company to come take care of them.
What does the Pharaoh ant look like and eat?
The Pharaoh ant can grow to be about 1/16 of an inch. Pharaoh ants are a reddish orange color and are very hard to see. The list of options of what the Pharaoh ant eats is extensive; including a variety of foods like honey, sugar, fruit juices, dead bugs, and anything really sweet. They will also be caught eating silk and rubber.
What does the Pharaoh ant colony look like?
The Pharaoh ant colony will be infested with hundreds of thousands tiny worker ants. The colony can be found inside walls of the home, in small cracks in the sidewalk, and in areas where the grass and concrete meet. The Pharaoh ant colony will have a mound that sticks up from the grass a couple inches and will be about 6 inches wide. The Pharaoh ant will infest your home and yard, and will become a huge problem. To prevent a problem, get a hold of a professional to come take a look at your home and treat it.
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