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Here’s a question we heard recently:
“If I have enough ants in captivity without a queen will they select one?” one reader wrote in.
“Say I dug up a huge ant nest, and the queen is killed in the process. I tried digging one up and searching the whole thing for the queen and she was nowhere to be found. Without the queen’s perfume, won’t the other ants become fertile? And that brings up another problem, who would fertilize them? Are there emergency male eggs in every nest? “
Answer: Yes, Ants Have Queens
But there’s a little more to it than that. There are several species of ants and they all have their own unique colony structure and biology. Some species of ants have one queen per colony, others have multiple queens in the same colony.
When a group of worker ants (all of whom are sterile females) are removed from the colony, they will all eventually die because they are not capable of producing offspring. If a group of worker ants and some brood (larvae) are separated, or if the queen is removed from the colony, the worker ants will then attempt to raise a new queen (reproductively capable female) from the existing brood.
When this happens, the new queen ant will be unmated and therefore will only produce male ants. These males can then fertilize the queen and she will be able to produce female worker ants. A bit incestuous, but it keeps the colony going.
Dealing with Ants
For homeowners, ants can be an especially frustrating pest with which to deal.
The best approach to dealing with ants in your home is a proactive one. Keeping your home and yard tidy goes a long way toward discouraging ants from marching in. But even the cleanest home and tidiest yard isn’t a silver bullet for ant control. Sometimes you’ll need to respond to the problem directly.
However, given their miniscule size and notorious resilience, it can be difficult (if not impossible) to root them out with the solutions typically available to consumers.
Even more concerning, these ‘over-the-counter’ sprays and baits may actually make your ant situation worse in the process, as they tend to cause colonies to scatter and re-establish themselves elsewhere. And, as we’ve discussed today, even if you’re able to take out the queen, there are plenty of ways that the worker ants can bounce back.
If a home is sufficiently infested with ants, an exterminator may be your only recourse. That’s where Terminix comes in. Reach out today to punch your ticket on the express train to ant-free living.
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