It may be a good thing that ants are so small. If they were even half your size, they’d be able to snap you like a twig. They may be tiny creatures, but they are incredibly strong and can handle weights that are many times their own. There’s a good reason why these seemingly innocent pests became the inspiration for a super hero with a blockbuster franchise — it’s just too bad they don’t all look as good as Paul Rudd.

Top 5 Mesa Ant Facts That May Frighten You!

Knowledge is power, and it’s always better to know what you can about the enemy. That way, when you call the exterminator for ant removal, you’ll have a better idea of what you’re up against in protecting your Arizona home. Here are the top five ant facts that may frighten (or just interest) you:

Ants Have Survived Mass Extinction

About 65 million years ago, a massive event wiped out the dinosaurs and just about all other life on earth. Scientists don’t know exactly what happened during what is known as the K-T event, but they do know that it gave rise to mammals, including people.

Ants were around before the event, and not only did they survive, but they actually experienced an explosion in their population. Ants saw more diversity in their species, which ultimately helped them to become the tiny terrors we know today.

Ants Practice Slavery

People aren’t the only colonizers. Ants routinely raid the colonies of other ants to steal their eggs an larvae. Then they either eat the young or they put them to forced labor.

Some species of ants cannot survive without this practice. Known as slave-making ants, these ants rely on the stolen ants to support their own colonies. In fact, some of these ants cannot eat without these stolen ants.

Ants Work with Other Species

Ants are strong and crafty enough on their own, but they also work with other species to achieve their goals. More than 200 species of ants help to grow fungi, which can be used for food and other purposes. For a long time, researchers though that ants passed on this fungi to future generations of their own species. However, they have recently discovered that they pass the fungi onto other species of ants.

This may not seem like such a big deal, but it actually shows that ants are able to cooperate for the benefit of not just their own survival. They have the means to create an ant empire!

They Outnumber Us

When you turn over a rock and find a colony of ants, you could be looking at thousands of ants. Now imagine how many there are around the world.
You don’t have to imagine. There are more than 10,000 TRILLION ants — a number that makes our 7 billion look like chump change.

Call Varsity Today To Help Get Rid of Ants! Ants can be found on six continents. They are even found on isolated, island countries. The only places that you won’t find ants are Antarctica, the Arctic, and a few remote islands.

They are Getting Bigger

It’s not a big deal if there are so many ants in the world since they’re so small, right? Actually, they are getting bigger.

Historically, the biggest ant discovered was 2.4 inches long and had a wingspan that was almost 6 inches long. Imagine having that flying at your face! Imagine those ants in swarms. It really makes your garden-variety Arizona yard ant seem like small change.

BUT if ants continue to grow as they evolve, the future could be really scary.

Varsity Termite and Pest Control can’t do anything to make this future less scary, but we CAN ensure thorough ant removal from your Arizona home and yard so that you don’t have to worry about it any time soon. An exterminator will visit your home and get to the source of your ant problem in order to determine the most effective solutions for eliminating these pests. We also have solutions for other common problems for Arizona homeowners, including scorpions and termites. With our Mesa pest control services, you can put yourself at ease and protect your investment in your home at the same time. Call us for an estimate.

Published By:

Varsity Termite and Pest Control

6056 E Baseline Rd #122
Mesa, AZ 85206

Office: 602-757-8252

Gary Dobert

Gary is the co-owner of Varsity Termite and Pest Control, a family owned and operated company in Arizona with over 21 years of experience. They specialize in termite and scorpion control services.

More Posts

Pest Control Categories

Let us Call you


    • Guy that came out for my termite problem was very knowledgeable, explained everything thoroughly and did a great job. Would definitely recommend them to others for termite control in the Mesa area.

      -Terry J. in Mesa, AZ
    • 5 star workmanship and customer service. I haven’t had termites in years since first calling Varsity for my termite inspection and treatment. Their termite prevention package has made my life worry free!

      -Elizabeth L. in Gilbert, AZ
    • Tony called me within 5 minutes of my hitting the submit button for a scorpion quote. I never heard from the other two competitors. The job was done the next day and he even directed me to the $100 discount coupon. The scorpions are gone and my kids are safe again. I will be calling Varsity again and telling my friends about them.

      -Britney R. in Chandler, AZ
    • Great experience.

      -Monica S. in Mesa, AZ
    • I wanted a family owned business and got one, I was very pleased everyone was so pleasant and friendly. I plan on signing up for more service.

      -Theresa C. in Mesa, AZ
    • Tony was great and worked with my hectic schedule. So far I haven’t seen any creepy crawlers!

      -Kayla D. in Queen Creek, AZ
    • Varsity responded quickly and took care of the problem. I now have them set up to come once a month at a reasonable price. There were lots of dead bugs, including scorpions, which showed me that their treatments are very effective.

      -Jodi M. in Gilbert, AZ
    • Arrived on time, high quality, quick, and efficient work done by them. Very customer friendly, professional, and very honest and informative. Price was great. I would recommend them to anyone.

      -Sarah R. in Apache Junction, AZ
    • Called back within minutes of my request , set up an inspection asap, price was fair, showed up right on time did the work even having to move some shelving I failed to have ready, also moved them back when done. Work was done as said and cleaned up everything when done, the individual doing the work was prompt, professional and very courteous. I highly recommend Varsity and as I am entering into flipping houses they will be the Pest Control people on my team.

      -ST. in Apache Junction, AZ
    • He is very straight forward, very honest, very business like. He really tries to make the customer happy.

      -Frank B.
    • I wanted to let you know that yesterday’s service with Robert and Jared was better than expected! They were obviously well-trained and knew their jobs very well. The work was quick, efficient and thorough with virtually no disruption to my day. Your inspection of my property and their treatment was top notch and I look forward to referring Varsity to all who are looking for professional and trustworthy service.

      -Judy R.
    $50 off Pest Control Service
    $100 off Termite Control