Ants are one of the most common household pests in Florida. They are particularly annoying because they can nest inside structures, and appear in large numbers, often times in your kitchen or pantry. Many homeowners refer to these kitchen invaders as sugar ants. But did you know, in Florida, there is no such ant as a sugar ant. They are normally one of the following:
- Ghost ants. These ants are very tiny and light in color and because they are translucent, they can be hard to find or mistaken for other pests. In our area, this ant more often than most is referred to as a sugar ant.
- Big Headed Ants. These ants are also tiny, light to dark brown in color and get their name because certain members of the colony have a larger head than others. They are capable of forming super colonies that occupy large areas.
- White Footed Ants. If you see long lines of ants trailing up the side of your home or along your driveway, you may have white-footed ants. These ants are mainly black in color and their lower legs are white, hence their name. They have very large colonies containing thousands of workers and numerous queens and can number up to a million individuals.
- Crazy Ants. They are very common in Florida. They may develop huge colonies. These ants are normally black in color and are best recognized by their erratic foraging activity.
- Little Black Ants. These ants are usually found in well-defined trails between the nest and food and water sources. They will take advantage of any moist space to locate their colonies.
Should you find any of these “sugar ants” in your home, you can be confident that they are covered by our regular pest control service.
Some of the other more common ant species in Florida that we treat on a regular basis are:
- Carpenter ants. Often times referred to as “bull ants.” These insects are among our largest ants that may invade homes. Carpenter ants are capable of inflicting a painful bite. These ants are reddish brown to black and prefer to nest in wood that has been damaged by termites or decay. They are known to forage as far as the length of a football field from their nest. They do not eat wood but excavate their nests in it. These nests can sometimes be difficult to locate.
- Fire Ants. These ants create unsightly mounds in your yard. They inflict painful stings when disturbed. It is recommended to wear protective covering on hands and feet when working on gardening or landscaping.
- Rover Ants. These ants generally nest outside but their foragers may be found indoors at times. They are best known for the large number of winged ants that can sometimes be found in swimming pools during mating season in the Spring and Summer.