Research shows that most of the worst ant pests are not natives—they were accidentally introduced into this country. Non-native ants eventually can become very serious pest problems because they have competitive advantages (such as having many queens in each colony, allowing the colony to grow and spread faster) and because many arrive here without their natural enemies.
An alarming new study has calculated that there are three times more non-native ant species in our country than what has already been discovered. Many new ant species may not have been discovered because they haven’t spread far yet, or because they look very similar to known species.
This means that although ants are already the pest that people most often encounter, in the coming years even more different kinds of ants will be invading homes and businesses. Effective ant control will require even more training and experience and become even more complex—a challenge we are up to!
Research shows that besides becoming new indoor pests, new invading ant species also disrupt our natural ecosystems, decreasing populations of our native animals and plants. Since pest management professionals, like our company, are often the first ones who spot new pest species, we have an important role in protecting our ecosystems. This is in addition to working to protect the health and property of our valued customers.
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- On October 4, 2016
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