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Ant Identification



Acrobat Ant (Crematogaster Spp.)


Color: Light brown to dark brown-ish black

Workers: One size with a heart-shaped abdomen, 1/8 inch

Nesting: Acrobat Ants nest outdoors in soil, leaves or wood; indoors in building voids and insulation. They may be found in wood previously tunneled by termites or carpenter ants and in rigid foam insulation.

Location: Throughout the United States


Carpenter Ant (Campontus Spp.)

Color: Many varieties, sizes and colors - tan, red, black

Workers:Vary in size but are usually large (1/4 - 1/2 inch)

Nesting: Carpenter ants like to nest in moist, decayed wood. They will hollow out wood in trees, firewood and fence posts, but they don't eat wood. Indoors, they build colonies in wall voids, foam insulation, eaves, and crawl spaces. Peak foraging occurs at night.

Location: Throughout the United States

Food Facts: They primarily feed on insect honeydew, plant and fruit juices and insects. Carpenter ants often invade structures in Spring / Fall looking for other food sources, including sweets, meats, cakes, pet foods and grease. They forage at night during summer months. They may switch off bait.


Field Ant (Lasius Alienus)

Color: Brown to Black

Workers:One size, 1/8 inch

Nesting: Field ants will nest in lawns, between cracks in sidewalks or under rocks

Location: Throughout the United States an occasional house pest in northern states

Food Facts: They enter homes in search of food, and are typically an "uninvited guest" at picnics.


Odorous House Ant (Tapinoma Sessile)

Color: Dark brown to black

Workers:One size, 1/16 to 1/8 inch

Nesting: They commonly construct shallow nests in soil underneath objects such as stones, patio blocks and debris. Inside, they prefer areas with moisture, such as around hot water pipes and heaters. They have large colonies with multiple queens. Readily moves nest sites.

Location: Throughout the United States

Food Facts: Ants forage when temperatures are cool. They prefer dead insects, meat, sweets, aphids or honeydew.


Pavement Ant (Tetramorium Caespitum)

Color: Dark brown with small stingers

Workers:One size, 1/8 inch

Nesting: They nest along sidewalks and foundations of buildings, near firewood, stones, brick, mulch, etc. They forage in trails from outside colonies to indoor food sources, far from nests. Pavement ants can access structures via plumbing pipes and move to upper building floors. They may throw soil out on top of concrete slabs when inside and swarm inside the building.

Location:Eastern United States (Florida to Canada)

Food Facts:They prefer dead insects, greasy foods, sweets and pet food.

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