Think of every place you've ever lived. As you think back about these places, try to remember if any of them lacked ants. As you weeded, planted vegetables, mowed the lawn, or had picnics, did you ever do so without the company of a few ants?

 

If you had the typical American experience, you probably had ants in your yard no matter where you lived. You probably had the innocuous black, tiny variety in your garden. You may have had a few aggressive red varieties. And while you never wanted these insects i n your home, you probably didn't think of them as pests. They just occupied a necessary part of the environment.

However, ants can become a nuisance when they occupy your home. If you've notice ants in your kitchen, bathroom, or bedrooms, you should take steps to eradicate them. After all, some ant species can damage your home. We'll tell you more about these species below.

Argentine Ants

Appearance

These ants typically have a brown color, and they can range from light to dark. They usually measure between 2 and 3 millimeters long, and their antennae have up to 12 segments. You'll find these ants traveling in trails, and they have massive colonies.

Behavior

Argentine ants gather in huge colonies with hundreds of separate queens. You'll find these colonies under homes and sidewalks. The y have an omnivorous diet, which means they'll eat almost anything. They prefer sugary foods, so they will venture inside to find them and wreak havoc on your pantry.

Signs of Infestation

If you have an Argentine ant infestation, you'll notice their trails going back and forth to food sources. You'll also notice signs of infestation near food sources, where the ants will eat through packages to reach the food within. You may even see the small, winged queen s working alongside the other ants.

Carpenter Ants

Appearance

In the United States, the carpenter ant reigns as the largest ant. They can grow between 3 and 15 millimeters long. They usually have a black color, but some species have yellow or red coloration. The workers have abnormally large mandibles that they use to tunnel through wood.

Behavior

Carpenter ants like to live in wood. They prefer moist or decaying wood, but they'll settle for just about any wood structure. If your home has exposed wood, you'll likely find carpenter ants in it. You can differentiate carpenter ants from termites based on their size and color-termites are usually smaller and lighter in color.

Signs of Infestation

If you have an infestation, you'll not only see the ants, but you'll find holes in the wood around your home. You'll also find wood shavings with mixtures of parts from dead ants and other insects. If you have a large colony, you'll also hear a rustling sound in the wood.

You should eradicate a carpenter ant colony quickly before they destroy your home's structural integrity.

Fire Ants

Appearance

These ants can grow larger than your typical garden variety. They can grow up to 5 millimeters long, and they come in a range of reddish colors. Some have a dark red color, while others have brighter colors. Some have darker abdomens, and all of them come with a stinger. The stinger injects painful venom that can prove fatal in extremely rare cases.

Behavior

Fire ants tend to behave more aggressively than other ants. They will swarm if disturbed, and they will sting anyone who aggravates them. You may not even aggravate them on purpose. They also have an omnivorous diet, and they prefer meats and greasy materials.

Signs of Infestation

Fire ants make large mounds as part of their colonies. The mounds can reach up to 18 centimeters high and 61 centimeters in diam eter. You'll also notice them running around. Their distinct red color will give them away instantly, as will their aggressive behavior. You s hould eradicate them quickly before they cause children or pets any injury.

Odorous Ants

Odorous Ants

Appearance

This species looks like your typical ant with a brownish black body, but they have light brown limbs and antennae, and they have parallel line patterns on the front of their body. They grow between 2 and 3 millimeters long.

Behavior

These ants move into buildings in search of food. They often nest in walls or beneath the floor. Like Argentine ants, they also travel in trails, and they prefer to eat sweet foods.

Signs of Infestation

You'll see these ants traveling in trails, but your home will also accumulate an odd smell. When they die, these ants give off a smell like rotten coconut. You should eliminate them to remove the annoyance, but they also because they can contaminate food, which makes them harmful.

Pharaoh Ants

Appearance

These ants grow less than 2 millimeters long, and they have light yellow bodies with red and black markings on their backs.

Behavior

They love heat and human food, so they'll move inside to occupy areas that give them both. They like to eat sweet foods and other insects.

Signs of Infestation

You'll simply see them moving around and eating into food packages. Eradicate them quickly as they spread disease.

 

With the help of an exterminator, you can remove these pests efficiently. Call your exterminator for help today.

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