Types of Ants Common to Florida
There are a variety of ants in or area and make for the most common pest homeowners encounter. These tiny scavengers can enter the structure through tiny cracks and holes seeking moisture and accessible food sources. Once inside, the growing ant colony can become a problem quickly, as ants mature from juveniles to adults within a matter of days.
It is necessary to properly identify the ant species that you have in order to receive the right ant removal services. Of the thousands of species of ants, the four listed below are the most commonly found in the United States.
Carpenter Ants are about five-eighths inches long. They tend to burrow in damp wood but have also been known to damage solid wood. They do not eat the wood, but simply remove it in order to build a nest. If you’re noticing wood damage and the presence of ants, contact us immediately for carpenter ant extermination services.
Red Imported Fire Ants vary in size from one-eighth to three-eighths inches. They construct large mounds for nests and administer painful stings.
Pavement Ants are about one-eighth inch long. They generally make their nests in pavement cracks and are also capable of infesting a building.
Pharaoh Ants are about one-sixteenth inch long. These ants are commonly found in hospitals and nursing homes, where they are capable of transmitting Staphylococcus and Pseudomonas infections. Pharaoh Ants also invade restaurants, apartment buildings and similar dwellings.
White Footed Ants are about three-millimeters long. These ants are commonly found in homes and can be destructive to the structure of the house if found in swarms. Learn more about white footed ants here.
Ants with wings can easily be mistaken for termites, which may lead to a wrong treatment. In comparison, ants have a very narrow thorax (mid-section), while termites' bodies are more uniform. To ensure you’re receiving the proper extermination services, request an inspection from an exterminator today by calling (800) 226-3139.