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Ants 101

When you think about it, ants are pretty much the worst. surveys conducted by National Pest Management Association (NPMA) have shown that different types of this pesky little creatures can be found all over! In fact they’re considered to #1 nuisance pest in America – not surprising considering how many people hate them with a passion unmatched even by dogs or mice.”

Whether you find an ant nest under your kitchen sink or on the side of a building, one thing is for sure: if they are not dealt with quickly and effectively then there will be more to deal with later. Ants communicate via scent-marking behavior – meaning that each species has its own unique chemical signature which other ants can recognize as “anting” (to mark) territory borders, food sources or even shelters from fire danger
The reason why I’m writing this article today isn’t because bugs terrify me; rather it’s due largely in part thanksgiving dinner last night where my wife caught sight what looked like something crawl underneath our plate.

Luckily, there’s lots you can do to keep ant infestations from developing. The first step is making sure that moisture or standing water near your home isn’t allowing them access by repairing any leaks in their supply lines-this includes downspouts and drain lines as well! Try cutting back plant branches which may serve as stepping stones for these pesky insects into our homes too–it’ll be worth every second when we don’t have an issue with ants again!!

Types of Ants

Argentine Ants

You might not think that an ant can be cute, but the Argentine ants are. They’re about 1/16-1/4 inch long and have a dark brown colorway with light markings on their bodies! These little guys love being wet because it helps them survive during these tough times where there’s no food source nearby for miles upon miles… The habitats these creatures call home ranges from southeast US all throughout Mexico too (and even as far west as Florida).

Carpenter Ants

These pests are usually reddish black in color and 5/8 inch long. They can be found throughout the United States, but it’s their habitat where they thrive most: damp cool climates with lots of wood sources nearby! When threatened or attacked by humans (or other animals), these insects will sting rather than bite because its hairs on bodies are barbed so whoever touches them gets stuck- just ask any person who has been pricked by one while trimming trees outside his house after cutting off branches that had fallen inside. If you ever find yourself living in an ant colony, it’s best not to panic. Carpenter ants are known for causing severe damage but their extent depends on the number of nests inside your structure and how long they’ve been active- so don’t lose hope just yet!

Crazy Ants

The carpenter ant is one of the most common types to find in homes. They’re tiny creatures who live by tunneling through wood, preferably near places where there’s water or food sources like kitchens with  pipes under floors–the more access points they have for bringing up moisture from below ground level into their nests; which can include anything from furniture legs all shiny-cleanup glued back together again after sanding down any rough spots inside. Crazy ants are pesky creatures that tend to enter homes in autumn or after rainfall because of their food source. Inside, these crazy ant nests usually nest underneath floors and carpeting; out side the colonies are shallow so you will find them commonly near foundations as well! The only threat this species poses comes from what may happen if they gain entry into your home-it can be quite annoying for homeowners who want nothing more than some peace & quiet during those busy summer months.

Odorous House Ants

These odorous house ants are the dark brown to black in color and range 1/16-1/8 inch. They can be found anywhere throughout America, with their favorite spots being walls cracks or under floors inside homes where they have access for food sources such as garbage disposals that emit grease upon heating up (yum!). These ants do not pose a public health risk or cause structural damage to buildings, but they can contaminate food and should be avoided. In addition these “odorous” pests give off an unpleasant rotten coconut-like smell when crushed which is why many people know them simply by their common name: Odorous Ants.

Pavement Ants

Pavement ants are found throughout the United States, but their name comes from a common trait – they love to make nests under or near cracks in pavement. These little creatures can infest structures by entering through holes made specifically for them! These black pavement ants don’t pose a public health risk, but they can contaminate food and should be avoided.

Red Imported Fire Ants

Fire ants are one of the most common insects you’ll find on any given day. They’re dark reddish brown in color and range from 1/8-3/8 inch long, with some species even greater than an inch! These little guys can be found all across America; living anywhere there’s soil or debris near their nest mounds (which they build outdoors). The Red Imported Fire Ant is probably best known for nesting indoors under buildings – especially if it has access holes leading inside so no construction materials stand between them. The red imported fire ants are probably the most annoying type of ant you could ever meet. They Form colonies and attack with painful stings when their nest is disturbed, often resulting in a raised welt that becomes white pustules for anyone allergic to insect bites will react more severely than others.

Ants are social insects and their colonies can become major pests. If you suspect an ant infestation, don’t wait to take action! The longer the problem goes untreated-the worse it will get before getting better on its own accord; instead be sure contact a licensed pest professional for identification purposes so they may assist in resolving this issue quickly with treatment options tailored just right according what type was found initialing concerned about (i e there could potentially multiple types). Here at Spire Pest of Orlando FL we will come up with a plan to eliminate ants. Give us a call (407)723-7863 to get started.

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