Ant Identification

Ants, tiny yet determined, infiltrate homes through minuscule openings, forming relentless armies in search of food. Their coordinated efforts showcase the strength of unity, prompting homeowners to defend against their persistent advances.

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Most Common Ants We Deal With

Argentine Ants

Linepithema humile

  • Origin: Native to Argentina, but common in other South American countries like Paraguay and Bolivia
  • Size: Up to 2.8mm
  • Characteristics: These ants form large colonies and have multiple queens, making them hard to eliminate. They often invade homes in search of food and water
  • Distinction: Notable for their large colonies and indoor presence seeking food​​

Black Harvester Ant

Veromessor pergandei

  • Habitat: Common in California, especially in deserts and the Baja California Peninsula
  • Size: Females up to 10mm, males up to 8.5mm
  • Characteristics: Known for harvesting seeds and storing them in their nests. They are larger in size compared to other common ants
  • Distinction: Larger size and specific to California's desert areas​​

Small Honey Ant

Prenolepis imparis

  • Habitat: Common in coastal states like California.
  • Food Preferences: Attracted to sugary foods such as syrup and honey.
  • Characteristics: These ants invade crops and plants, damaging them by chewing flower buds to access sweet juices.
  • Distinction: Known for invading homes and damaging crops, particularly attracted to sweet substances​​.

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Ant FAQs

What do ants look like?

Ants are small insects with six legs. They have a narrow "waist" between their abdomen and thorax, and their bodies can be black, brown, red, or even yellowish.

Should I be concerned if I have ants?

Whether you should be concerned about having ants depends on several factors:

  1. Type of Ants: Some ants, like carpenter ants, can cause structural damage, while others, like Argentine ants, are more of a nuisance without causing significant harm.
  2. Number and Location: A few ants scouting for food might not be a major concern, but large numbers, especially inside your home, could indicate a bigger problem.
  3. Potential Health Risks: While most ants are harmless, some can carry bacteria, and certain types, like fire ants, can sting or bite.
  4. Food Contamination: Ants can contaminate food sources, so their presence in kitchen areas should be addressed.

In general, it's important to identify the type of ants and the extent of their presence. Small numbers can often be managed with basic cleanliness and home maintenance, but large infestations or certain types of ants might require professional pest control.

Why do some ants have wings?

Sometimes, ants grow wings when they are ready to start a new colony. These are usually the queen and male ants, and they lose their wings after they mate.

What do fire ants look like and are they dangerous?

Fire ants are small and reddish-brown. They can be dangerous because their bites sting and can cause allergic reactions in some people.

How do ants find food?

Ants have a strong sense of smell. They leave a scent trail for other ants to follow, leading them to food sources.

Why do I have an ant problem?

Keep your house clean, especially from food crumbs. Seal any small openings where ants might enter. If the problem persists, you might need to use ant baits or call a pest control professional.

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