Ants

Odorous House Ant

Color: Brown black
Legs: 6
Shape: Segmented; oval
Size: 1/16 – 1/8″
Antennae: Yes – Workers are all the same size, small, 1/8-inch long Dark brown to shiny black Thorax uneven in shape when viewed from side Very strong odor when crushed.

Habits
Odorous house ants like to eat sweets, especially melon.

Habitat
Live in shallow nests in soil under stones, wood, or debris -May nest in various habitats including wooded areas, beaches, wall voids, and around water pipes and heaters -Large colonies, with up to 10,000 workers and many queens.

Threats
These ants do not pose a public health risk, but they can contaminate food and should be avoided.

Argentine Ants

Color: Dull brown
Legs: 6
Shape: Segmented; oval
Size: 1/8″
Antennae: Yes. Workers are all the same size, small, 1/8-inch long -Uniformly dull brown -Petiole with 1 erect node -Thorax uneven in shape when viewed from side -Musty odor emitted when crushed

Habits
Feed on sweets, fresh fruit, and buds of some plants -Tend honeydew-producing species -Forage for sweets and oils in homes -Travel rapidly in distinctive trails along sidewalks, up sides of buildings, along branches of trees and shrubs, along baseboards, and under edges of carpets -Colonies may split in spring and summer when queen and workers move to new site; not antagonistic toward each other.

Habitat
Outdoors in soil, under wood, slabs, debris, mulch, or in branches and cavities of trees and shrubs -Shallow, 1- to 2-inch deep mounds in open, often disturbed habitats, either moist or dry -Millions of ants per colony with multiple queens and many subcolonies

Threats
Argentine ants do not pose a health threat, but they can contaminate food.

Carpenter Ant

Color: Brown, black, or red and black
Legs: 6
Shape: Segmented; oval
Size: Up to 5/8-inch long
Antennae: Yes

Habits
Carpenter ants feed on a wide variety of foods, especially other insects. The favored food of adults is the sweet honeydew produced by plant-feeding insects, such as aphids, scales, and mealybugs. In the spring, mature colonies produce winged reproductive ants, called swarmers, that fly out to start new colonies. These swarms often occur from satellite colonies within homes, so homeowners may see large flying ants in their homes at night. Carpenter ants can be very difficult to control, so most homeowners employ the services of a professional company such as Arrow Exterminators, Inc.

Pavement Ants

Color: Dark brown to blackish
Legs: 6
Shape: Segmented; oval
Size: 1/8″
Antennae: Yes

Habits
These ants will eat almost anything, including insects, seeds, honeydew, honey, bread, meats, nuts and cheese.

Habitat
These ants live in or under pavement cracks. Pavement ants get their name because they make their nests in or under cracks in pavement. They can infest structures.

Threats
These ants do not pose a public health risk, but they can contaminate food and should be avoided.