Ants

Ants

Argentine Ant

 

  • Native of North America, but now widespread in the warm Southeastern U.S. and California.
  • 1/8 in. long (2-3 mm)
  • Dull brown in color
  • Prefers sweets
  • Nests are shallow (1-2 in.) mounds or in mulch, leaf litter, rotten logs, or under rocks.
  • There are millions of ants per colony with multiple queens and many sub-colonies.
  • Travel in distinctive trails along sidewalks, sides of buildings, branches of trees, baseboards, and edges of carpet.

 

Carpenter Ant

Carpenter Ant species camponotus vagus in high definition with extreme focus and DOF (depth of field) isolated on white background with clipping path

  • Large ants- 1/4 to 1/2 inch
  • Typically black in color, but sometimes have a red/black combination.
  • Colonies can have thousands of ants.
  • Nests are in dead, damp wood.
  • Eat insects and sweets such as honeydew
  • They do not eat wood although they remove it as they create tunnels and nests.

 

Odorous House Ant

 

"Tapinoma sessile" by JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) - Own Work. Licensed for use under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Tapinoma sessile” by JJ Harrison ([email protected]) – Own Work. Licensed for use under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

 

  • Gets its name from the unpleasant “rotten coconut” odor it gives off when crushed.
  • 2-3 mm in length
  • Dark reddish brown to black
  • Prefers sweets
  • Nests under mulch, stones, and logs

 

 Fire Ant

Extreme macro of an ant...

  • Native of North America, but now widespread in the warm Southeastern U.S. and California.
  • 1/8 in. long (2-3 mm)
  • Dull brown in color
  • Prefers sweets
  • Nests are shallow (1-2 in.) mounds or in mulch, leaf litter, rotten logs, or under rocks.
  • There are millions of ants per colony with multiple queens and many sub-colonies.
  • Travel in distinctive trails along sidewalks, sides of buildings, branches of trees, baseboards, and edges of carpet.