Found in dirt mounds in the garden, lawn, and near building foundations, these red ¼” inch ants both bite from their jaws while stinging from their abdomen and are aggressive enough that they will sting their victim several times. If stung by a fire ant, a welt will form followed by a white blister.Carpenter Ants: Like termites, carpenter ants destroy wood, chewing on it to make their home then depositing it outside the colony entrances. While they tend to be outdoor ants, they will sometimes make their way into your home and build their nests by chewing on the wood causing damage to your home. Carpenter ants are red to black and grow to be ½” long.
These yellow or gold ants are a smaller variety only growing to be 1/16” long and have black markings on their backs. They make their way into buildings to avoid the cold.Grease Ants: Similar to the pharaoh ant, a grease ant is often yellow, but they can also be tan or dark brown. The 1/16 -1/12” ants are generally seen in the warmer summer months and nest hidden in the walls and crevices of your home.
Although called black ants, they can also be dark brown. Approximately 1/8” long, these ants feed on sugary foods, meats, vegetables, and other bugs and can be found making their colonies in both your home and outside in the soil.Crazy Ants: Dark brown or black ants that are 1/10” long and can be seen moving frantically. They are comfortable both inside and outside and tend to like electricity. Crazy ants gather near electrical sources, and upon electrocution, they send off a pheromone that calls to other crazy ants to come to their defense. Those ants are further electrocuted creating a pile of dead ants near the source.
Ants that don’t bite, regardless of their species, are generally referred to as sugar ants.Pavement Ants: Nesting under stones and in sidewalk cracks, you will find the 1/10” black or brown pavement ant. Generally, these are outside ants, but they will enter your home looking for food and water.