Carpenter Ants: About five eighths inches long. They tend to burrow in damp wood but have also been known to damage solid wood. They do not eat the wood, but simply remove it and deposit the debris outside of their nests in small piles. They construct large mounds for nests and administer painful stings.
Pavement Ants: They generally make their nests in pavement cracks and are also capable of infesting a building.
Pharaoh Ants: Are about one-sixteenth inch long. These ants are commonly found in hospitals and nursing homes, where they are capable of transmitting Staphylecoccus and Psuedomonas infections. Pharaoh Ants also invade restaurants, apartment buildings and similar dwellings.
Fire Ants: Can be identified by their dull red body coloration, which ranges from reddish brown to reddish black and they typically nest in the ground. At times, nests may appear as visible mounds. Fire ants are active and aggressive, they will sting any intruding animal repeatedly.
Ants with wings: Can easily be mistaken for termites, which may lead to an incorrect treatment plan. In comparison, ants have a very narrow thorax (mid-section), while termites' bodies are more uniform.
Ant infestation is the most commonly reported pest problem in the country. These tiny scavengers will enter your home or business looking for moisture and an accessible food source. Ants feed on sugar, cheese, meats, vegetables, grease, peanut butter, and dead insects. Ants often enter a home through cracks around windows or doors, but they can find numerous entrances to your home or building.
Once inside, the growing ant colony can become a problem quickly, as ants mature from juveniles to adults within a matter of days. Identifying the type of ants that are invading your home or office is the first step.