At a recent pool party, the host was kind enough to set up an unintentional pest experiment for me. They put some delicious tortilla and plantain chips out along with 3 dip options. There were independent bowls for pico, guac, and cheese dips. I noticed a few ghost ants scurrying about fulfilling their scout duties. I thought about saying something, but curiosity got the best of me. What dip do ghost ants prefer?
Ant Food Preferences
It is important to note that ant food preferences are not as constant as mice or rats that have developed routine diets. Depending on the time of year and the current goals of the colony, they may prefer to hunt down carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
Another important thing to keep in mind is how different one ant species is from another. Pharaoh ants are much smaller than cornfield ants. Carpenter ants and pavement ants are going to build their nests in vastly different environments. A fire ant is much more menacing on your skin than a crazy ant/
As the ants took rank and file to gather the beloved cheese, I was reminded of the impressive number that comprises ant colonies. Ghost ants can have multiple queens and may have hundreds to thousands of workers. Carpenter ants may have over a hundred thousand workers. Sometimes when we see one or two ants, we forget what population these few ants may be representing.
Cutting Out the Cheese
Whether your ants are feeding on cheese, your child’s sucker that fell behind the couch, or the dead bug they are hauling off to devour, there is more to ant control than just removing the food source. The food source concentrates the ants and shows what is there, but if ants have built up large numbers, it is a good idea to get a control plan in place. The ant experts at Rove Pest Control can put together the necessary steps to bring nature back into balance at your home or business.