Which ants are most common?
Carpenter Ants Burrow into wood, including structural beams and boards. They typically burrow into softer, wet or damaged wood. Rather than eat the wood, like termites, they will burrow it out to build their nests. Small wood shaving piles will sometimes reveal nests of carpenter ants. they should be treated right away, before they spread and cause more damage. 64mm-2.5cm.
“Sugar” Ants are actually a species of ant not found in North America. Pavement Ants and Pharaoh Ants are typically referred to as “Sugar Ants” because they are attracted to sweets, like sugar. Pharaoh Ants average colonies consists of 1,000-2,500 ants, and may have as many as 200 queens. Groups of ants will break off from the main colony and create new ones, infesting large areas quickly. One colony can spread to infest an entire office block in 6 months. Average 2mm long.
Fire Ants are believed to have first arrived in the U.S. in the 1930’s. They have since spread to most of the Southern states. They will bite and sting when threatened. They seem to be attracted to electrical equipment, and are known to cause hundreds of millions in damages to traffic lights, air conditioners and other electrical units. They also kill crops and small animals. Watch out for their mounds, as stepping on one will cause them to attack en masse. Average workers range from 3-7mm.
Left untreated, ant colonies will spread and build new colonies, and may cause damage to your home, property, and contaminate your food. Some ant colonies will grow to over 500,000 ants!
Ants or termites?
Flying ants, which are reproductive pavement ants, are commonly mistaken for termites. They are sent out to breed and start new colonies. Large swarms of the flying ants may suddenly appear in your home, then “vanish” a day later.
Pavement ants typically swarm in the spring but have been known to emerge any time of the year in heated structures.