Exterminate Those Ants
In the United States of America, there are over 700 ant species. However, of these various species, homes are commonly infested by just about 25 species. Ants are insects basically living beneath soil surface. They live in colonies which consist of workers and a queen. They feed on almost all kinds of food, with preference to sweet items. It is relatively easy to identify an ant, due to their unique body segments i.e. the head, the thorax and the abdomen and also the antennae. Although they posses same structure, ants have different appearances. Ants have often been given casual names by their sizes e.g. small and big ants; and their colors e.g. brown or black ants.
Once you notice that ants are infesting your home, quickly consult pest professionals to survey your home, identify the species and give recommendation on further steps to take to get rid of the pests.
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This species got their name (acrobat) from their acrobatic displays when they are unsettled – they usually lift their abdomen up above their thorax and head. In the United States, there are different types of this light brown/black colored ant, even as high as 8,000 feet altitude.
The Argentine ant colonies can be very large. Just a colony usually contains hundreds of thousands of workers, with colony boundaries that sometimes cover an entire habitat. They are brown/black colored ants. When crushed, they produce an offensive odor.
Carpenter ants as the name goes, they cut out wood to erect their nests, thereby creating a tunnel inside the wood. They are large in size. The workers are usually about one-quarter inch, while their queen is usually about three-quarter inch in size.
This specie derived their name from the irregular manner of movement of the workers when they search for food.
The field ants prefer building its nests outdoors, which gave it its name. They are inarguably the highest genus of ants in Northern Mexico. Outside their common name, they are also referred to as red ants, thatching ants and wood ants.
These species are very difficult to sight, because they have a very pale color and tiny size, hence their name Ghost ants. They are tropical species, most likely originated from Asia or Africa. They are commonly found in Southern and Central Florida and Hawaii. In the northern states, these species will not survive the weather condition, except in heated places or in greenhouses.
The Harvester ants are seed collectors. In the U.S, there are 22 different species of this type of ant. Most common of these ants are the California Harvester ant, Florida Harvester ants, black harvester ants, western harvester ants and the red Harvester ants. All except the Florida harvester ant can only be found in the west of Mississippi River.
Leaf Cutting Ants
They are called leafcutting ants because they are fond of tearing leaves into smaller pieces. Only two of this specie is found in the U.S, and they are found in Texas, Arizona, Southern California and western Louisiana. A well developed nest of this specie could have well over a million ants and a queen with a very long life span. Long established colonies usually occupy a particular habitat for as long as 60-70 years.
Little Black Ants
Due to the very tiny size and the black color, the ant got its common name. Their colonies ranges from medium sized to very huge with a number of queens.
Odourus House Ants
This ant produces an offensive odor like a spoilt coconut when it is crashed. The odorous tiny brown ants are about one-sixth of one inch to about one-eighth of an inch long.
This species has got the habit of building their nests under or in pavement cracks. They are brown to black ants that are also harmful to structures.
The Pharaoh ants are called this, because they were assumed to have been one of the plagues of Egypt in the era of the pharaohs. It is believed to have originated from Africa, but can currently be found all over the U.S.
The pyramid ant was given its name because of a pyramid-like shape on its thorax. Well developed colonies of the pyramid colonies are usually between small and average in size, containing a few thousands of ants with one or more queens.
Red Imported Fire Ants
RIFAs for short derived the name due to its nature of inflicting traumatic and irritating bites and stings on their victim. Dark reddish-brown in color, they are very invasive in nature and are found in the southern U.S.
Their name thief ant originated from their nature of building their nests close to other ants after which they steal their food, their larvae and pupae. They are usually known for relatively small colonies, but with large number of workers in their thousands and many queens. This species are often mistaken for the pharaoh ants though they possess dissimilar traits. They are also known as grease ant.
White Footed Ants
The white-footed ants got their name from their whitish feet. Well developed whit-footed colonies can contain between eight thousand to three million individuals, of which as high as 33% of this number may be productive.
The Yellow ants get its name from the coloration of its body. When crushed, they give off a citrus/lemon-like smell, which made it to also be referred to as Citronella. In this group, the most structural of them all is the bigger ant Lasius interjectus found between Southern New England westward down to Washington and southward to Florida and Mexico.