There are over 12,000 known species of ant, each varying in shape, size, and color. The good news is that only a handful of these species are considered home invading pests. The primary cause of ant infestations in homes is poor sanitation (dirty dishes, crumbs on the floor, full trash cans, etc.).
An important step in ridding your home of ants is determining the types of ants you are dealing with. An ant’s body will have one or two nodes on its thorax. Some ants can bite, some can sting, and some can actually bite and sting.
Ant species commonly found in/near homes include:
- Odorous house ants: one node, dark brown-black in color, emits a coconut odor when crushed, commonly found in kitchens and under mulch, along with foundations or under debris
- Fire ants: two nodes and a stinger, red in color, usually found outdoors in mounds
- Carpenter ants: one node and an evenly rounded thorax, vary in color and size but are typically large and blackish in color, colonies may exist in wood, wall voids, and under insulation.
- Field ants: 3 small eyes in the middle of their head, black/brown/tan/ or red in color, typically found around structures or under piles of wood, brick or rocks.
- Little black ants: tiny in size, black in color, can invade homes but are usually found in soil or nesting in masonry or woodwork of a structure.
- Pavement ants: two nodes, small, brown to black with pale legs, typically found outside along foundation, beneath slab foundation or inside hollow foundation walls.
- Thief ants: two nodes, very small eyes, yellow to light brown in color, normally nest outside in the soil underneath rocks.
Skip the home remedies as they typically only control the ants you can see. Give Innovative Pest Control a call. We are trained to help manage pests in and around the home, and use treatments that can penetrate and destroy nests to prevent reoccurring pest problems.