ANTS: Pest Guide
The Argentine Ants colonies can grow into a monumental size and colony borders cover their entire habitat region. The worker ant size is about one-sixteenth of an inch, whereas queen ants are about one eighth to one-quarter of an inch.
The Argentine Ants tend to cover larger distances in search of food and continuously leave trails along the path. The ants generally prefer to eat sweets, but they eat anything such as meat, eggs, and fats.
The Argentine Ants colonies generally tend to shift near wet environments in search of food. They live under soil, underwood, logs, debris, or mulch. The ants also tend to rest in the cavities at the base of trees and shrubs.
Argentine Ants do not cause any serious threat to one’s health and well-being.
The Argentine Ants are generally acclaimed to conditions that have sufficient presence of moisture. Therefore, it is extremely important to eliminate any standing water within our premises. The pests also tend to use tree branches to enter one’s home. Therefore tree branches must be kept away from homes. Also, one must ensure that firewood and other building materials are kept away from one’s home as pests tend to build their nests in such stacks of wood.
Carpenter Ants are large black-colored ants that are commonly found in woods. These ants tend to live in old wooden logs and timber. Some species of carpenter ants also tend to live in trees or hollow stems of weed. They got their unique name due to their ability to excavate wooden pieces to build their nest.
The Carpenter Ants are generally nocturnal and prefer to hollow out their nest in softened wood or partially decayed wood. Their nests are called galleries. These galleries tend to have a cleaner and sandpaper-like appearance. The ants usually try to come into buildings through cracks nearby doors, windows, and holes or wires.
Carpenter Ants tend to build their nests outdoors in remote locations such as tree stumps, tree bark, etc. They tend to enter the home through wet and damaged wood.
The Carpenter Ants tend to damage wood and thereby cause significant damage to the property.
Carpenter Ants tend to grow near water sources, areas with moisture, and standing water. Such areas need to be identified and eliminated at the earliest to prevent carpenter ants accumulation. The Carpenter Ants also tend to grow under little cracks and openings around the house, and the house owner must verify that no such issues are developed.
Odorous House Ants
Odorous House Ants live both outdoors and indoors. As the ants lent out a strong smell when crushed, it is known as Odorous House Ants.
The Odorous Ants tend to eat sweets and regularly forage in search of food particles. They usually tend to move along a fixed path in pursuit of food.
The Odorous Antstends to live in both indoor as well as outdoor conditions. The Ants tend to live in shallow soils below stones, boards, and debris and invade houses and buildings during the rainy season.
Though it does not cause much harm health-wise, they tend to contaminate food and must be kept away from kitchen rooms.
Since Odorous Ants enter the house using branches and shrubs, it is important that one must keep the shrub away from the house. In addition, one must also clear out any grease or crumbs present on the kitchen floor, which helps prevent odorous ants from entering our homes.
As these ants build their homes near or under the cracks under the pavement, they are known as pavement ants. It is also known by Sugar Ant and is native to Europe and parts of North America.
The Pavement Ants tend to eat everything such as cheese, insects, seeds, meats, nuts, etc.
The Pavement Ants usually prefer to build their homes in minimal vegetation, mostly in urban areas and settlements.
The Pavement Ants tend to contaminate food particles and pose a serious threat to the person’s health.
To prevent Pavement Ants from coming into your homes, one must clean the kitchen floor to remove any grease, sugar, or crumbs. It is also quite important to seal up the cracks and crevices around your home’s windows, doors, and foundation.
Red Imported Fire Ants
The Red Imported Fire Ants are likely to be found in sandy regions and are most prevalent in Central South America. They tend to build fire ants nests in soil and can infest garages.
These ants tend to build large mound nests in sandy areas and bite human beings who come closer to their abode.
Red Imported Fire Ants tend to build their nest outdoors and in landscape areas and near a structural foundation.
These ants tend to bite human beings when in close contact, which can sometimes cause excruciating pain. In addition, persons who are allergic to the sting tend to have a severe reaction.
As Red Imported Fire Ants tend to build their nests in sandy areas, such areas should be avoided, and one must exert better caution while visiting such places. In addition, the Internal cracks and crevices must be sealed to prevent entry.
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