Have you seen ants around your home? Where there's one, there are likely thousands just below the surface. Ants can form intricate underground worlds, unseen but potentially harmful to your home. To uncover a unique and rare glimpse at how these social pests live and work in large complex colonies, a team of entomologists from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) created a metal ant nest cast.
Check out the project and eye-opening results below, and click here to read the full press release.
Ant colonies can extend up to 25 feet underground and typically contain thousands of individual members. The few ants you may see on your kitchen counter are communicating with the larger colony about how to get into your home. As such, it's very important to address the entire colony in order to eliminate an ant problem for good.
A recent survey of pest control professionals across the country explored and uncovered the pervasive nature of ant infestations:
Found all across the country, ants are one of the most common household pests and have been ranked as the number one nuisance pest in America in recent years. However, ants can be much more than just an annoyance as some of the most common species are known to contaminate food, damage property and even inflict harmful stings.
To keep your family and property protected, follow these prevention and protection tips:
With over 700 ant species found in the U.S. alone, it's important to be able to properly identify any that may have invaded your home. Each species has different habits and poses various threats. Here are some of the most common species: