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How to Manage Pests

Key to Identifying Common Household Ants

Biology and life cycle—Queens

Red imported fire ant queen

Characteristics and duties of queen ants

  • Largest individuals in colony
  • Are the only females that reproduce
  • Locate nest site
  • Lay eggs
  • Assist workers in feeding and grooming larvae
  • Some ant species have only one queen per colony; others such as Argentine ants may have several

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