Insects

How Do Ants Spread Via “Budding”


When it comes to gardens, budding is a good thing, but not so much when it applies to ants. Our Sea Girt NJ exterminator explains why ant budding can spell trouble for your home or building.

What Is Ant Budding?

If an ant colony becomes overpopulated, they need to branch out into other areas. At this point, a group of worker ants escorts the pregnant queen to a new location. The brood will then emerge into a fully-functioning colony that’s a “bud” of the original colony.

Ants will also follow this procedure if they feel threatened in their current colony. Budding is what makes Sea Girt NJ exterminator services necessary for full elimination. DIY methods will simply drive the queen and her workers to seek a more protected location in the immediate surroundings.

Budding vs. Swarming

Some ant species use the swarming method to widen the reach of their colony. During spring or fall, winged reproductive ants will take flight to pair off and mate. The pregnant queen and her partner will then find a safe place for their chamber, which serves as the base for creation of a new colony.

Pharaoh ants, alternatively referred to as sugar ants, are notorious budders. This species is a common target of Sea Girt NJ exterminator services.

Got Ants? Contact Allison Pest Control

Our Sea Girt NJ exterminator technicians have experience in dealing with a wide range of insect and wildlife pests. Contact us to schedule a free inspection for your home or business.

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