Ants can be found everywhere. They are on almost every island, and can be found on every continent except for Antarctica. Ants form an organized super organism, with each individual ant carrying out responsibilities that benefit the whole colony. If you have ever wondered how many ants are on the earth, scientists estimate that there are around 10 quadrillion. The chance that you will have a battle with ants is high. Here is a list of common ants.
Description: Odorous house ants are smaller than a sesame seed, and have a black to brownish color. Colonies can contain more than 100,000 ants. When crushed, odorous house ants smell like rotten coconut. Since odorous house ants are opportunist, they will gladly make a nest indoors.
Description: Carpenter ants range in color, but the most common is an inky-black. Colonies can contain more than 10,000 individual ants. Unlike other ants, carpenter ants will chew tunnels and galleries throughout wood. Damage from carpenter ants can ruin the structural integrity of buildings and homes.
Description: Pavement ants are about the size of the camera hole on your smart phone. They are black to dark brown and their legs slightly lighter in color than their bodies. Each colony can house more than 10,000 ants. Once the colony gets large enough they will swarm. If you find a mass of writhing ants along a sidewalk or driveway, it is most often a swarming colony of pavement ants. Pavement ants swarm when they are large enough to create new colonies.
Description: Pharaoh ants are tiny enough to fit into the cracks of a light switch. They have a yellowish to amber coloring, with red to black bands on their abdomen. Even though a colony only has one queen, there can be as many as 300,000 individual ants. Pharaoh ants are one of the biggest problems when it comes to indoor ant infestations. If an ant colony is disturbed, it will separate and bud into several new colonies.
Description: Argentine ants are light to dark brown. As an invasive ant species, argentine ants are trouble. Their colonies can easily number in the millions and scientists talk about how argentine ants have created a global colony. If that is so, their numbers would be in the trillions. With hundreds of queens per colony, their numbers can be shocking when they invade.
Description: Acrobat ants vary in color from light red to brown to black. When disturbed, acrobat ants will raise heart-shaped abdomen high over their thorax. Acrobat ants love foods rich in protein or sugar. Their infestations are often confused with termites or carpenter ants because they infest empty colonies.
Description: A thief ant is a little bit bigger than the ball in a ball point pen. Because they have the same yellow to amber coloring, they are often confused with pharaoh ants. Colonies can have a few hundred to a few thousand individual ants along with a few queens. Since thief ants are so small, treatments can be difficult because they can get into some really hard to reach areas.