Do you know that ants smell? No, I’m not referring to the odor these little pests give off–though odorous house ants can be quite pungent. I’m speaking, of course, about their sense of smell. Ants have a great little sniffer. Not only is their sense of smell better than yours and mine, it is 5 times better than other insects. They use this highly developed sense of smell to locate and gather food for their colony. What you can learn from this tidbit of information might surprise you.

Trail Pheromones

When you see ants crawling across your floor, there are two reasons. First of all, worker ants don’t eat whole food. They can’t fit it down their throats. They must bring it back to their nest to have it turned into liquid. And, trust me, you don’t want to know how that process works. But, this pursuit to find food and bring it back is quite a coordinated effort on the part of all those ants. Though ants can lift an impressive amount, compared to their body weight, it takes a lot of cooperative work to get even a small amount of food back to their colony. The ants help each other out by laying down a scent called a trail pheromone. It isn’t a smell you or I could pick up on, but those ants with their incredible sniffers can track that smell all the way into your house.

Why is this important to me? I’m glad you asked.

If you find ants mobbing your trashcan, running maneuvers across your kitchen floor, or swarming an apple core, you need to be aware that killing those ants won’t fix your problem. In fact, it can make it worse. When you use ant sprays, you can make your problem worse by dividing one ant colony into two.

The best way to fight those ants is to call ChemTec Pest Control. We’ll perform an inspection to identify what types of ants are roaming inside your home and then provide effective pest control treatment so you don’t have to worry about these pests.

Our pest control technician know how to fully seal your exterior walls from further trespass. Ants can damage your home and get into your food. And let me tell you, that birthday cake tastes a lot better without ants hidden in the icing. Make your home an ant-free zone, and enjoy the sweet “smell” of victory.