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What are Ants?

Ants are social insects that belong to the family Formicidae within the order Hymenoptera. They are highly organized and cooperative, living in colonies that can range in size from just a few individuals to millions. Ants are found on every continent except Antarctica and play a crucial role in ecosystems as scavengers, predators, and seed dispersers.

What is Fire Ants?

Fire ants are a type of ant belonging to the genus Solenopsis. They are known for their aggressive behavior and painful sting. Fire ants are native to South America but have been introduced to various parts of the world, including the United States and Australia.

These ants are typically reddish-brown in color and range in size from 1.6 to 5 mm. They build large, dome-shaped mounds in soil, often in open, sunny areas. Fire ants are omnivorous, feeding on a variety of plants, insects, and small animals.

One of the distinctive features of fire ants is their painful sting, which can cause irritation, swelling, and in some cases, severe allergic reactions. When disturbed, fire ants will aggressively defend their nest by swarming and stinging intruders repeatedly.

Due to their aggressive nature and ability to rapidly reproduce, fire ants are considered invasive pests in many areas. Control measures include chemical treatments, biological control agents, and cultural practices aimed at reducing their populations and minimizing their impact on ecosystems and human activities.


Physical Characteristics:

Ants have distinct characteristics that set them apart from other insects:

  • Body Structure: Ants have three main body segments: the head, thorax, and abdomen. They also have a narrow waist, known as a petiole, that separates the thorax from the abdomen.
  • Antennae: Ants have elbowed antennae that they use for sensing their environment and communicating with other ants.
  • Mandibles: Ants have powerful mandibles that they use for various tasks, including carrying food, excavating nests, and defending the colony.


Ants are highly social insects that live in organized colonies with distinct roles for each member:

  • Division of Labor: Ant colonies consist of different castes, including workers, soldiers, and the queen. Each caste has specific duties and responsibilities within the colony.

  • Communication: Ants communicate through a combination of chemical signals (pheromones), tactile cues, and auditory signals. They use these forms of communication to coordinate activities such as foraging, nest-building, and defense.

  • Foraging: Ants are omnivorous scavengers that forage for food both individually and cooperatively. They have a keen sense of smell and can detect a wide range of food sources.

  • Nesting Behavior: Ant colonies build elaborate nests that vary in size, structure, and location depending on the species. Nests may be located underground, in trees, or within structures.

Ecological Importance:

Ants play a vital role in ecosystems as:

  • Decomposers: Ants help break down organic matter, contributing to nutrient cycling and soil health.

  • Seed Dispersers: Some ant species help disperse seeds by carrying them back to their nests, where they may germinate and grow.

  • Predators: Ants prey on a variety of insects and other small organisms, helping control populations of pests and serving as an important food source for other animals.

Interactions with Humans:

While ants can be beneficial in natural ecosystems, they can also become pests in human environments:

  • Household Pests: Certain ant species, such as the Argentine ant and the odorous house ant, are common household pests that invade homes in search of food and shelter.

  • Crop Pests: Some ant species can damage crops by feeding on plant sap, tending to pest insects like aphids, and disrupting soil structure.

  • Health Concerns: Ants can pose health risks by contaminating food, causing allergic reactions in some individuals, and transmitting diseases.





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Lee Gorman
Lee Gorman
13:50 21 Nov 22
I’d give a 10 star review if I could! We had a great experience with Critter Stop. Everyone I dealt was friendly, professional, and reassuring. Phillip was very helpful and knowledgeable about the work he was doing. He walked me around the entire house to make sure I saw and understood the services he provided. He was also really nice and answered all my questions — he is exactly the type of person that should be interacting with customers.I love the fact that they will come back for up to 1 year after installation if any problems occur — this shows me they stand behind their work.The owner was great too, he personally came to my house and walked me through their offering. I recommend critter stop to anyone and everyone!
Susan Casey
Susan Casey
14:53 15 Nov 22
Critter Stop is a fantastic business! Everyone involved is extremely professional and very easy to communicate with. Chisam, the owner, did a great job of explaining the process to get the squirrels out of my attic during the initial free estimate. The exclusion crew who did all of the initial work was fabulous. The crew consisted of Phillip, Nick and Corey who arrived promptly when they said they would. They are happy, positive employees. Everyone is very polite and patient in explaining their work and answering questions. They came back several times to check the traps and finish it off with the fogging. Lester was very good about following up to schedule each trap check with me, and the office staff who took care of the billing was very efficient. Critter Stop is a well run company with honest, trustworthy employees! Thank you to all of you who worked hard to make my attic critter free and for the peace of mind that you guarantee your work. Great to know I can call them if for some reason a squirrel figures out a way to get back in!
Karen Eckholdt
Karen Eckholdt
14:54 22 Sep 22
Critter Stop has made this project easy and extremely professional from start to finish! They are very detailed and competent from start to finish and know so much about their business. They made a problem easy for us and at a reasonable cost. We would be happy to recommend this company and their owners and staff to anyone.
Aaron Echols
Aaron Echols
13:51 03 Aug 22
The guys at Critter Stop responded quickly, were very friendly, and gave us an honest estimate of what we might need. They explained why some items on other quotes were or were not necessary. They communicated well to get us scheduled, and did the work well and quickly. Great service at a fair and competitive price.
Jacob Scribner
Jacob Scribner
19:23 27 Jul 22
Brandon and his other coworker Gavin came to install insulation in my attic. I am very grateful for the hard work and professionalism. My house feels a lot better with the insulation installed. 5 star review. Cory Leach was also very nice and helpful. He came to my house to do another job and was very attentive and professional. Thank you Corey and thank you Critter Stop for helping me.The owner very polite and helpful, I’m glad I found this company to help me.
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