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The Life Cycle Of Ants

The life cycle of ant is both interesting and complicated. Since, there are thousands of species of ants, hence different ants can have drastically different lifespans and life cycles. Even climate and environment can play a role in development of ant. Winters can slow down their activities while ants in warmer climates may have a different yearly life cycle. However, in almost all the species of ants the life cycle consits of four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult.

Egg: Fertilized eggs of ant produce female ants (queens, workers, or soldiers) while unfertilized eggs produce male ants. Eggs are tiny (about 1mm long) and oval in shape. However, the queen's egg is many times larger.

Larva: Larva looks like worm and have no eyes and legs. They consume food regurgitated by adult ants. The larvae molt will shed their skin a number of times as they increase in size.

Pupa: Larva, after attaining a certain size, spins a silk-like cocoon around itself and pupates. During this process, the the body metamorphoses to its adult form.

Adult: Finally pupa develops as an adult. The complete life cycle generally lasts from 6 to 10 weeks. It is believed that few queens can live over 15 years, while few workers can live for up to 7 years.

Ants are repulsive and annoying pests and can carry diseases. If you think that your home is infested with ants and all your efforts to control them have failed, then you must call a professional pest control company. Essen Pest Control is once such company and you can contact them at 613 804 7378. Here is the diagrammatic presentation of the life cycle of ant:

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