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Your Guide to Ant Species and Their Impact

Ants are one of the most common creatures that come to mind when people hear the word ‘pest.’ However, not all ants are the same. What many people may not know is that there are actually 12,000 different species of ants out there. All these different species have their own appearance, their own region they inhabit, and their own particular way of making people's lives miserable when invading their homes. All these different kinds of ants can get confusing, so here is a guide to the most common species of ants you may find and what kind of impact they cause.

Acrobat Ants

Acrobat ants have two nodes on their heads and are about 2.5 to 3 millimeters long. These ants live primarily throughout the Eastern United States, they nest in damaged wood, and they will sting if threatened, although they do not typically invade indoors. Acrobat ants vary in color from light brown to reddish black to entirely black.

Argentine Ants

Worker Argentine ants can grow between 2.2 and 2.8 millimeters and are all various shades of brown. Fortunately, these ants are not able to sting, but they emit a musty smell when stepped on. Argentine ants are usually found throughout the Southeastern United States and Hawaii.

Asian Needle Ants

With worker ants growing to about 5 millimeters long, Asian needle ants are slightly bigger than many other species of ants. They are brownish black and have orange mandibles. They usually prefer warmer, more humid climates, and can be found in shady areas throughout Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. They are not typically aggressive, but they will sting if they feel threatened and may even swarm, occasional putting people into anaphylactic shock.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are known for causing structural damage to buildings by chewing through wooden beams. There are many different varieties of carpenter ants, but most of them are between 6 and 13 millimeters long. These should be exterminated as soon as possible before they cause severe damage to homes and buildings.

Dark Rover Ants

Dark rover ants are small, about 1.6 millimeters, and are dark brown. These ants are known for searching houses for food and drinks, especially sweet foods and drinks. They are found in the Southeastern United States and live in large colonies. Although they do not sting, they can spread diseases and contaminate food if allowed to roam free.

The number of different ant species is as substantial as the headaches they can cause. Fortunately, at Venice Pests, there is no ant species that we cannot take care of. For more information or to receive quality pest control services, contact us.

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