ANTS

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Ant Species

There are 700 species of ants found around the world, but only 25 species infest homes. It’s the most numerous insect in the world and found on every continent on the planet, except Antarctica. They are attracted to the scent of food and when they find it, they use pheromones to signal the rest of the colony, which is how ant infestations escalate quickly.

ODOROUS HOUSE ANTS: Description:Odorous ants are dark brown or black in appearance and get their name from the rotting coconut smell that emits from them when they are crushed. This odor signals the rest of the colony to retreat.

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CARPENTER ANTS: Description: Carpenter ants tunnel through wood in your home, but unlike termites, they do not eat the wood. They are reddish brown and 1/16 to ⅛ inch long and can do great damage to your home.

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PAVEMENT ANTS: Description: Pavement ants are black with pale colored legs. They build their colonies next to pavement are often seen in large groups on the sidewalk. Their diet consists of insects, fruit and sweet or greasy food.

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ARGENTINE ANTS: Description: This invasive ant species has multiple queens per colony making it a troublesome invader as they reproduce and grow their colony rapidly. They make their homes in mulch piles, under foundations and refuse piles with a single colony can contain millions of ants.

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PHARAOH ANTS: Description: This yellow or light brown ant and love honey, peanut butter or sugary substances. They are known to build their nests in pipes, though they are also prone to infest in hospitals, contaminating once sterile rooms.

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ACROBAT ANT: Description: This ant is characterized by its heart-shaped abdomen and sometimes emit a foul odor if they feel threatened. They usually live near dead or decaying wood and homes prone to termite or carpenter ant infestations, also suffer from infestations of acrobat ants as well.

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THIEF ANT: Description: Thief ants look similar to pharaoh ants but are slightly darker and smaller. Because of their size, they can get into homes through very tiny cracks and especially in the heat of the summer in search of food and water.

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