The Advance of Fire Ants
Spring is the time when fire ant colonies expand. They take food gathering seriously and display advanced skills when it comes to colony location options. They build satellite colonies with rooms for storing additional food.
The Use of Colonies
Fire ants use colonies to build a bigger collective. If you see a new fire ant colony in your yard, it is not just the new colony that should worry you. It is the colony behind the new colony that is the more significant concern. The old colony lends the new colony resources, such as workers. In turn, the new colony helps supply the old settlement with food.
Should the new colony prosper, it will become a colony on its own, and the process will continue. Because ants and especially fire ants use colonies to expand their territory, they are challenging to eradicate. Even if you destroy a colony in your yard, it may regenerate thanks to help from its parent colony.
Many people do a great job of killing off ants they find in their kitchen. Sadly, the ants keep coming back. They return because people rarely address the colony. An ant colony is full of workers, and the ants you see in the kitchen are just the foragers – Those ants looking for food and water. When you kill off the foragers, the colony replaces them. Ants are very smart about food stores, and they likely recognize when production drops. The queen then begins to lay eggs for workers that will become foragers.
It is a cycle that has served ants very well.
To rid your yard of fire ants, you must address the new colony and the old colony, if possible. Removing the support keeps the new colony empty Nobody is coming to help if the parent colony is gone.
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