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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:
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.
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.
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.
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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