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Fire Ants

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No, fire ants do not go around making things go up in flame or bursting into little, mini bonfires. These ants are given their name because of the burning sensation you are left with from the venom injected into your skin when they sting you and the little, annoyingly itchy bite left behind after.

Fire ants swarm over anything that disturbs their nest, proving painful if you accidentally step on one. They can also cause problems with crops and gardens, buildings, and electrical equipment.

To learn more about American Pest Control’s method for dealing with fire ants, check out our fire ant treatment method.

Now for a little bit about the most common kinds of fire ants in the U.S.:

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Southern Fire Ant

Scientific name: Solenopsis xyloni. Indigenous to the United States and found along the southern east coast, along the Gulf coast, and as west as California. The top half (head and thorax) of these ants are usually yellow-red and their bottom halves (abdomen) are black. Either found as a huge mound of ants or, most commonly, under something that functions as shelter: rocks, wood, etc.


Tropical Fire Ant

Scientific name: Solenopsis geminate. Also a native species from the United States, the tropical fire ant is found in the a southeastern region spanning from North Carolina to Texas. Very similar to the southern fire ant, these ants also nest in mounds and under objects like decaying wood and around vegetation.

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Red Imported Fire Ants

Scientific name: Solenopsis invicta. Introduced to the United States in the 1930’s from South America via transported shipments, these little invaders like to colonize in open spaces, usually recently cleared land with direct sunlight access. Red imported fire ants also colonize in mounds that can get to be 24 inches wide and 18 inches tall! They also spread and swarm at an extremely rapid rate. You would not want to accidentally disturb one of these ant mounds.

Ant Facts

Ants inhabit every household. Sometimes they go unnoticed and do not cause any problems for homeowners. However, this is unfortunately not always the case.

If you’re experiencing an ant infestation or noticing an influx of ants in or around your home, you may want to contact American Pest Control to aid in the extermination and prevention of your problem.

Here are a few different kinds of ants you may be seeing around your home and property:

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Argentine Ant

Also known as the Linepithema humile, this ant is native to, you guessed it, Argentina (as well as Brazil and Uruguay). Mostly prevalent in the American South, these insects come in a variety of  shades of brown and do not have a stinger. These ants’ nests are most commonly found in damp places, like under shady plants and rocks. When weather conditions are too cold, wet, or dry, these ants migrate into buildings (usually in large numbers) to seek shelter.

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Odorous House Ant

Given its name from the odor that is expelled from the insect when crushed, the Tapinoma sessile, or the odorous house ant is a pest you do not want invading your home. Brown to black in color and without a stinger, these ants invade the structures and buildings across the entire United States. A typical colony contains thousands of ants and are often found under objects like wood and bricks. Also, a colony of odorous house ants will move their nest if rain affects them, and when their food supply is low, they will move to another home.

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Little Black Ant

This dark, tiny ant, or monomorium minimum, is found throughout the United States. Nesting in woodwork, masonry, and wooded areas outside, these teeny ants build trails wherever they go, often found along the foundation of a home or on sidewalks. Feeding primarily on grease, meats, produce, and sweets, these ants are huge pests in the warmest seasons.

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Acrobat Ant

Crematogaster spp, or the Acrobat Ant, refers to a group of ants found across the United States. They primarily nest themselves in moisture-rich, decaying areas like wooded areas, Styrofoam insulation, and other deserted insect homes. Feeding on both live and dead insect carcasses, these ants also enjoy sweet and high-protein food.

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Termite Facts

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We hear the word “termite” and automatically envision our homes encased in a plastic bubble with men in HazMat suites informing us that our home is condemned and we can’t go in and get our things because everything is covered and being eaten by termites.

Of course, termites usually do not cause such an upheaval, but they are not something you want in your home!

It’s important to be informed about all things that are affecting your home. Therefore, here are three kinds of termites and the necessary information you need to know about them:

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Native Eastern Subterranean Termites

These are the most common type of termites in North America. Their bodies are brown-black and about 10 millimeters long. Their colonies are usually located in the ground. Despite their size, they can eat up to about five grams of wood per day. The best treatment for native eastern subterranean termites is chemical treatments and baiting systems.

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Southeastern Drywood Termites

Just as the name says, these drywood termites are primarily found in the southeast of the United States. They come either yellowy brown or reddish brown with 11 to 12 millimeter long bodies. These termites actually fly around to find exposed wood on your home and infest the areas. These termites are best treated with fumigation and direct wood treatment.

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Formosan Termites

These are the real scary ones. Hailing from China, these termites are large, live in huge colonies, and are able to consume a great amount of wood. They come about 14 to 15 millimeters long and are light brown in color. Nesting both above ground and inside homes, trees, and timbers, formosan termites eat away at wood in layers. Chemical treatments, in-ground baiting systems, and direct wood treatments are necessary to rid a home of these pests.

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