Ants are well known for being social insects that form large colonies in order to support one another. They thrive in most environments and are therefore found almost anywhere. Ants clash with humans as they exploit resources, destroy crops and invade buildings and are therefore seen as pests.
Some species of ants build nests for their colonies; however most other ant species are nomadic and move around to wherever there is a prospective place for them to work and live. Ants are generally predators, scavengers or herbivores. Their scavenging habits come into play when they are near a human dwelling where food has been left out or if there is easy access to it. Ants are regarded as pests as they roam almost anywhere – there are always bound to be ants around no matter where we are. They can roam in garbage areas which mean they carry germs, therefore infecting humans or our pets with diseases or food poisoning.
Ants are attracted to heat and are often found in places where there is a source of heat, such as the foundation of a building or inside appliances such as computers, under fridges, under microwaves or under brick paving that gets a lot of sunlight.
Because they are so tiny, they can fit through cracks in the wall and enter buildings in this way. Their colonies can grow very large and out of control and this can be a nuisance for humans. Some ants are also known for inflicting bites which can leave a burning sensation on the skin.