stay Pest free all year long
With Kairos unique three step approach we can ensure efficient results all year long.
- Inspect: Upon arrival our team will assess your pest problems and formulate a plan of action.
- Perform: IPM (Integrated Pest Management), is our environmentally friendly and common sense approach to pest control, and includes a wide variety of treatments that will be customized for your needs.
- Protect: Effective Pest management is a process, not a one time event, that's why we offer affordable Pest Control plans to keep you protected year-round.
Ants: What you need to know
Ants have become a primary source of pest problems in the home and businesses and can be difficult to control at times. Experience and knowledge are the best tools to deal with an ant problem.
Ants have four distinct stages in their life cycles:
- Eggs - A successful fertilization has occurred and the queen has laid her eggs
- Larvae - In about 1-2 weeks, an ant larvae emerges, this small ant larvae has a ferocious appetite and the adults spend most of the time feeding them and providing liquids
- Pupae - After the larvae molts and sheds skin, it is now a pupae, where it almost resembles an adult ant but has its legs and antennas folded in towards its body and are white, later they begin to darken, some species have a protective cocoon.
- Adult - This is the final stage and when the pupae emerges it is a full adult, as it ages its color darkens. Depending on the role of the ant, queen, worker or male, it begins working and filling their roles.
Inside the colony
Ants are a social insect and live in colonies, there are three main types of adult ants in a colony.
- Queens - Which are the fertile females who lay eggs inside the colony
- Workers - females that are not fertile, but bring food and supplies for larvae and colony
- Males - winged and are for fertilizing the queen(s) during swarming period
Identifying the problem & Control
Ants may be difficult to control, so here are some things you should know about their behavior and why they can be a big problem.
- Identify - It is important to identify the species of ant to set up the best treatment for them, as not all species are treated the same way.
- Entry - Even the tiniest cracks are not a problem for ants, as they can easily enter through them to find food and water.
- Nest locations - Ants can setup in many places, in the walls, lawn, or even foundation.
- Scent trails - Once a food source is found, ants leave behind an invisible chemical trail that other ants can follow.
- Colonies - Can have a population of 300,000 to 500,000 ants, and relocate quickly when in danger.
- Lifetime - Colonies can live for a relatively long time, worker ants can live up to 7 years and queens can live up to 15 years, posing a long term problem if not treated correctly.