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ANTS

Ants are one of the most common insects found around us they belong to order homes and office building including garbage areas ants carry germs and trar body length would be from 3 to 6 mm queens could be up to 12mm there are species common in the Maldives.

1).Black Ants

4).House Ant

2).Fire Ants

3).Carpenter Ant

5).Flying ant

Black Ants (Lasius Niger)

Black ants are temperate species living in the soil they harbor from nest in the gardens under paving stones or occasionally within buildings there will be a queen per nest a queen would be 12mm in length and worker ants average length would be 3 to 5mm they have four stages in their life cycle egg larvae pupae and adult stage black ants are black in colour they feed on sweet substances seeds insects and aphid secretions honey dew.

Fire ants (solenopsis invecta)

Fire ants are small in size from 2mm to 6mm they are golden reddish brown in colour they have a fiery sting which is in blisters and pustules forms they build mound which is about 40cm in height it build on grounds and lawns fire ants require access to water and prefer lowland areas.

Carpenter Ant

Nesting in damp locations carpenter ants prefer to excavate wood that has been penetrated by termites beetles or fungi from their nests in the beams floors or walls they scavenge the house for food crumbs and insects carpenter ants are either solid black or black and red and among the largest household pests in the U.S.

House Ant

House ants are black yellow or reddish brown and may nest in small in wood under concrete areas in walls or in cabinets the workers vary in size and forage for food and water ants contaminates food by their presence and may carry disease organisms ant nests must be located and eliminated to give effective control.

Flying Ant

Flying ant are the reproductive of the ant colony they look very much like swarming termites flying ants differ from the termite swarmer in that they have a slender pinched waist and have two long wings with two short wings underneath all four termite wings are equal in length and are twice the length of the body.