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Your Guide to Ant Identification

Ants are tiny creatures, and some even go unnoticed until that painful moment they bite. The redness and swelling they leave behind can last for days causing constant irritation.

There are currently more than 700 species of ants residing on this planet, but thankfully, not all live in Eastern Pennsylvania. Here there are five you will commonly find in our area.

  • Carpenter Ants
  • Pavement Ants
  • Odorous Ants
  • Acrobat Ants
  • Citronella Ants

While most of these are more of a harmless nuisance, there are two that can cause structural damage to any building. Sure, it seems like an ant couldn’t do much damage but when was the last time an ant colony had only one ant?

Ants That Cause Structural Damage

  • Carpenter Ants
    • Carpenter Ants (also called Sugar Ants) are small black ants that are detrimental to any home or office building. Attracted to wood, they tend to burrow their way through, creating habitats for themselves and their colony. Surprisingly they do not eat the wood but rather build tunnels to pass through.
    • A fully mature colony can host 10,000-20,000 ants with larger settlements hosting upwards of 50,000 ants!

  • Acrobat Ants
    • Like Carpenter ants, they make their home in wood. However, they do not consume it.
    • The simplest way to tell these ants is apart is from their heart-shaped gastier.
    • They can range in color from black, red and brown and are typically around 5.5mm in length.
    • The reason for their name is that when threatened they will raise their abdomen in defense and may even emit a foul odor when they are disturbed.

Nuisance Ants

  • Pavement Ants
    • Their name says it all. These ants live within the cracks and creases of the pavement.
    • With six legs and an oval body, these ants are pretty simple to spot.
    • They will eat almost anything including common things found in a typical pantry. While they do not do any significant damage to your home, they tend to hide in walls, insulation and under flooring.
    • They can contaminate food, so when you spot them indoors, pest control service is needed.

  • Odorous Ants
    • The Odorous Ants get their name from the smell that occurs when they are crushed.
    • This type of ant is the most common in households and are a nuisance around food and other indoor storage areas.
    • With a smooth hairless body, they are easy to differentiate from other types of ants.

  • Citronella Ants
    • Harmless to homeowners, these nuisance ants are only 4-4.5mm in length and are yellow in color.
    • Found outdoors, they are naturally smelly and will even emit an odor if they feel threatened.
    • They prefer the outdoors but can become a nuisance if their colony grows, as they do smell awful. If found on your property or around your home, pest service is needed.

No matter what type of ants you find, if they’re indoors, then they’re in the wrong place! Calling Lethal Pest Solutions for service at the first sight is essential in stopping them and their colonies from spreading.

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