Summers are the busiest season for ants. Ants grow in colonies that are highly structured and can consist of millions of ants in them.
Ants can thrive almost everywhere on earth. Ant nests can be found both inside and outside your property.
It may be helpful to be able to identify the type of ant in your property, to understand what kind of threat or damage it can cause to your health and property.
4 types of ants commonly found around residential and commercial properties are.ACROBAT ANTS: These are yellow-‐brown to black with shiny bodies and a darker heart-‐ shaped abdomen, around one-‐eighth to a quarter inch long. Acrobat ants usually nest outdoors; common nest locations may include damp and rotting wood in trees, fences, decks and railings. These ants are aggressive, territorial and quick to bite but possess no structural threat to the property.
ARGENTINE ANTS: These ants are Light to dark brown in color, one-‐twelfth to one-‐eighth inch long. They mostly nest in moist soil next to or under buildings, along sidewalks, or beneath boards and plants. Argentine ants deposit trails to make sure they do not waste time visiting the same food source again. They are sweet toothed like most ants but will almost east anything including meat, eggs, oils and fats. Except that they contaminate food, they do not possess any other threat.
CARPENTER ANTS: Color of these ants varies depending on species, from red to black or a combination. They are around quarter to half an inch in size. These ants are commonly found both indoors and outdoors. Outdoor locations may include stumps, hollow logs, telephone poles, fence posts and also near moist and decaying wood. Indoor nests may be found in hollow doors, windowsills, porch substructures, roof, baseboards, fireplaces, shingles and such other hollow locations. Carpenter ants feed both on plant and animal food. They can take long trips of more than 100 yards for food. They can cause damage to your structure by their nesting habits.
FIRE ANTS: They are dark reddish brown in color and around one-‐fifteenth to quarter of an inch in size. Their nests are usually found outdoors near structural foundations, they are also found indoor especially in winters near source of warmth. They live by killing other insects or feeding on dead ones. They also feed on plants and plant secretions. Fire ants can cause painful stings and they often result in raised welts that become white pustule.
Ants are social and work in groups. So when you find a trail of ants in your property, the easiest way to spot the nest would be by following the trail.
When you find the ants early before they form huge colonies, it may be easy to get rid of them by just cleaning food, water and shelter available for them.