A typical ant mound contains between 250,000 and 500,000 ants. These colonies can relocate within 24 hours. For this and other reasons, treating for ants can often be frustrating for most Do-It-Yourselfers. With the right combination of product and service, however, we can guarantee your home and yard will be ant-free. Whether inside or out, almost every aspect of the Romney service is essential in eliminating ants from your home. Because of the persistent nature of ants, your Romney technician will also pre-emptively seek and destroy each colony. Each mound will be treated with a commercial bait which destroys the colony from the inside-out. This prevents ants from moving around your home (budding).
Ant colonies are highly organized and coordinate job specialization that would rival our market economy. Three distinct physical classes are further specialized, based on job function. The first is the Queen. Most colonies only have one queen, while some species have multi-queen structures. The queen ant is personally responsible for producing every ant in the colony, which sometimes, can number in the millions. The queen is central to the colony's social structure and survival, and a colony usually dies within a few months after a queen dies. Queens can survive for up to 30 years! The next physical class is the worker ant, which are all female. These ants represent over 90% of the colony and are subdivided into hundreds of specialized roles. Some ants scout, some raise larvae, and some create farms of aphids, which they 'milk' to produce food, while others raid neighboring colonies and bring back slaves to do their work. The third class of ant is the male ant. Males have wings they use for reproduction. When you see flying ants, this is usually during the mating season, when males search for females to mate. Males only live for a few weeks.