Facts About Ants in the Seattle Area:
Ants are one of the most commonly reported pests in Washington homes. They are highly social and resilient, which means if you see one ant, it’s likely there’s a whole colony (or multiple colonies) nearby. The development and life cycle of ants can be categorized in the following stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult. Ant eggs, which are very small (less than 1mm), vary in shape depending on the species. The larva is typically white but can also vary in size and shape depending on the species. During the pupal stage, ants look like adults but their appearance is soft and white and they are motionless. Adult ants vary in appearance depending on the species but are typically characterized by having a strong constriction petiole “waist” and elbowed antennae. Worker ants vary in color and are hard-bodied.