Ants

Ant Varieties

Acrobat Ant

  • These ants have a heart-shaped abdomen and can be found from 1/8 of an inch to ¼ of an inch. They can be red, dark brown, or black.
  • Acrobat ants live in moist or rotted wood, including areas of the house where water damage has occurred and wood has decayed.
  • Their diet consists of aphids, scales, and mealy bugs.

Carpenter ant, Camponotus vagusCarpenter Ant

  • These are one of the larger ants found between ¼ of an inch to ½ an inch and are black.
  • They are more commonly found in the Midwest.
  • They excavate wood in order to build their nests which leaves hollowed out tunnels but they do not eat the wood.
  • The reproductive ants have wings and fly during the spring to start new colonies.
  • Their diet consists of anything people will eat as well as other bugs.
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Pharaoh Ant

  • These ants can be yellow or red in color and are found from 1/16 of an inch to 1/8 of an inch in length. They are commonly mistaken for Thief Ants.
  • They will nest in any area that provides protection and are an opportunistic breed but will nest somewhere close to food and water.
  • Their diet consists of any foods that appear within their foraging range including pet food.

Thief Ant

  • These ants are golden-yellow and are found from 1/16 of an inch to 1/8 of an inch long. They are commonly mistaken for Pharaoh Ants.
  • Thief ants are aggressive and will nest close to other ants’ nests in order to steal food supply. They will nest outdoors in soil, trash, and trees as well as indoors in small crevices, woodwork, and masonry.
  • Their diet consists of almost any organic matter.
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Fire AntsFire Ant

  • These ants are reddish brown to black and can be found from 1/8 of an inch to ¼ of an inch.
  • These ants are an invasive species known for their painful sting and aggressive behavior.
  • They live in large mounds in open areas as well as in moist soil and under objects.
  • Their diet consists mostly of young plants and seeds.