What To Know
Ants are very common. In fact, there are over 12,000 classified species of ants. Some of the most common in our region in addition to carpenter ants are: field ants, pavement ants, odorous ants (also known as sugar ants), and pharaoh ants. Different species can require different means for their prevention and elimination so it is important to be able to differentiate between them.
Ants are orderly creatures and they are set up in a caste system consisting of a queen (the egg-layer), the workers (females that don’t reproduce that serve to protect the colony and gather food), and the winged males whose sole purpose is to mate with the queen. Ants have a relatively long life span with workers living up to 7 years and the queen up to 15 years.
Since ants are small they can easily enter through small cracks in garages, homes, and other structures in search of sweets, greasy foods, and water. Common ants can be found almost anywhere outdoors such as tree stumps, lawns, and under house foundations. Look for them indoors in your kitchen pantry, storeroom spaces, near food supplies, and inside walls.
Ant colonies can have between 300-500,000 ants capable of relocating quickly if they are threatened. Ants also bite causing pain, itching, swelling, and blistering from moderate to severe in some people. Some species can also spread diseases like salmonella and streptococcus so it’s important to locate the colonies and stop them quickly.
What To Look For
- Pavement Ants: These are tiny and dark brown in color and the most common ants in our region. Look for small mounds of dirt indicating the entrance to their nest.
- Field Ants: These are dark colored and found in garden areas and yards. They like to nest in loose soil.
- Sugar Ants/Odorous Ants: When disturbed these ants emit a peculiar odor that can be described as burnt coconut. They are attracted to fruits, sweets, spilled food and drinks, vegetables, and dog food so look for them in cabinets and storage areas. These ants nest in mulch near foundations of your home.
- Pharaoh Ants: These are extremely small and light brown in color. Look for their anthills (mounds) near house foundations and under piles of leaves or debris. They are also commonly found where there are crumbs, spilled foods and drinks and also dripping faucets. They multiply quickly indoors and can spread various diseases like salmonella and streptococcus through facilities like hospitals.
What To Do
Call the professionals @ My Pest Control: (303) 343-1701