Common Ants In Georgia And Tennessee
Ants are one of the most common pest problems reported in Georgia and Tennessee. This is probably because there are a lot of ants out there. Some ant colonies can have millions of individual ants living in them! And, when ants enter a man-made structure in large numbers, we get a phone call. Here are a few of the most common ants we get calls for and what you should know about them.
Carpenter Ants are the largest ant you'll find in your Georgia or Tennessee home. At ¼-½ an inch in length, these ants are hard to miss. Carpenter ants can be entirely black or have a mixture of dark red and black, depending on the species. These ants have a single node between their thorax and abdomen and antenna that are long and thin. There can be 15,000 individual ants in a mature carpenter ant colony.
Why are carpenter ants considered pests?
While their name implies that they fix things, these ants are only good at destroying wood. They bore tunnels through wood to create galleries for their nests, and can cause significant damage if not treated.
Though carpenter ants chew through wood, they do not eat wood like termites do. They feed on a wide variety of food both inside and outside of a home; and while they prefer to chew through rotted or "soft" wood, they can also chew into solid wood as well.
Pharaoh Ants are an extremely tiny ant at only 1/16 of an inch in length. They are mostly tan and have antenna that have an elbow in them. Pharaoh ants have two nodes between their abdomen and thorax--not that you'll notice these features, being that pharaoh ants are so small.
Why are pharaoh ants considered pests?
First off, these are one of the hardest ants to control. This alone makes them a frustrating insect to deal with. They also become a significant issue when they get into food storage areas. Studies have proven that pharaoh ants are able to transmit more than 12 infectious organisms, making these insects a health issue for any structure in which food is stored or prepared.
Crazy Ants, also referred to as raspberry crazy ants or tawny crazy ants, are twice as big as pharaoh ants at ⅛ of an inch, but they are still considerably small creatures. If you're able to see one of these ants up close, you'll notice that it is brownish-red with light-colored bands on its abdomen and that they have a single node between the abdomen and thorax.
Why are crazy ants considered pests?
These ants are best known for their ability to withstand the sting from fire ants and have been found living inside fire ant mounds as they slowly take over. But, before you consider releasing crazy ants into your yard to deal with a fire ant problem, you should be aware that these ants can be considerable pests themselves. These hurt the environment because of the way they are reducing arthropods, such as spiders and centipedes, which are a primary food source for birds. And, while crazy ants can take care of a fire ant issue in a yard, homeowners actually prefer fire ants to crazy ants because they stick to their mounds. Crazy ants do not. They get into everything; and when they get into electronics, which they are attracted to, they can cause things to short-circuit.
Argentine Ants are a light to dark brown and range from ⅛ th to 1/12th of an inch. These ants have a single node between their abdomen and thorax and only a slight elbow in their antennae. An Argentine ant colony can have many reproductive queens and are prone to a process called "budding," in which a colony will split due to a perceived threat.
Why are Argentine ants considered pests?
Argentine colonies are often described as massive. So, while individual ants aren't very large, they can become quite a nuisance when they nest in a moist area near a foundation wall and find an entry point to get inside and invade food storage areas. These ants are omnivorous that can feed on a wide variety of foods and are more than capable of finding food sources in a home.
If you live in our Georgia or Tennessee service area, schedule a free inspection to determine what ants you have, and let the Allgood Pest Solutions ant experts design a pest plan to deal specifically with your problem. We know how frustrating these pests can be. You can be sure that we will work quickly and safely to solve your ant issue, completely.