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How to Manage Pests

Key to Identifying Common Household Ants

Ant biology and life cycle

Ant biology facts

Ants are social insects that live in colonies that may include thousands of individuals. Ants, along with bees and wasps, are members of the order Hymenoptera and undergo complete metamorphosis passing through four stages:

  • Egg
  • Larva
  • Pupa
  • Adult

The wingless worker ants are the most common adults seen. However, there are three types of adults:

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