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How Well Do You Know The Ants That Live In Tequesta?

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Have you heard the poem, "Ants! Ants! Wonderful ants! Everyone loves those wonderful ants!" No? That's because there is no such poem. No one loves ants! Especially when they invade homes and businesses by the thousands. While some of the ants on (or inside) our Tequesta properties are merely nuisance pests, some pose larger problems.

Bigheaded Ants

These ants measure around 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch and vary from red to brown to light yellow. Minor workers are proportionate, whereas major worker's heart-shaped heads are noticeably larger than their bodies. This is a very successful invasive species that is sometimes considered to be a danger to native ants. They have been nominated as among 100 of the "world's worst" invaders.

Black Crazy Ants

These ants measure around 1/8 of an inch in length, are dark brown to black and have legs and antennae that are longer than other ants of the same body size. These tiny ants are able to completely cover a food source quickly. While just a few of these ants may simply be a nuisance, when they invade in large numbers (which they usually do) they can cover surfaces, causing stress in the humans around them. They are also known for destroying electronic equipment when they crawl inside in large numbers.

Caribbean Crazy Ants

These ants grow to be around 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch long, are golden-brown to reddish-brown and have a smooth, glossy, exoskeleton. They are named "crazy" due to their erratic, quick movements. Caribbean crazy ants travel in groups numbering in the thousands. Like black crazy ants, Caribbean crazy ants can infest and damage electronics.

Ghost Ants

These tiny ants measure around 1/16 of an inch in length and have a dark head and thorax. Their abdomens and legs are so light colored they are almost translucent. Because of their size and light color, these ants can be difficult to see, thus the name "ghost" ants. These can be a serious nuisance when they invade homes in large numbers. They also give off an unpleasant odor when crushed.

White-Footed Ants

These ants measure around 1/8 of an inch in length, have brownish-black bodies and a single node between the thorax and abdomen. Their yellowish-white feet are what gives them their name. They are among the toughest ants to control. Colonies have many reproductive queens. This can make their populations grow to massive populations quickly, causing a real problem for home and business owners.

Fire Ants

These ants measure around 1/10 to 1/5 of an inch in length, have 2 nodes between the thorax and abdomen and are red to dark red in color. Fire ants are famous for ruining picnics or any other outing. The name fire ant comes not only from their red coloration but also from the burning sensation produced by their painful stings. The sting from a fire ant can leave painful, itchy welts and can be dangerous and even deadly to certain individuals under certain conditions.

Carpenter Ants

These large ants typically measure between 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch. But, winged reproductives can be as large as 1 inch long. They are black and have a single, pointed node between the thorax and abdomen. Carpenter ants carve tunnels and galleries into the wood of homes and businesses, potentially causing structural damage over time. These ants cost home and business owners in the states hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

Why And How Ants Break Into Structures

Ants are drawn in close to structures by various conditions. Moisture will lure ants in, and so will the smells of food sources. Therefore, if you have leaky spigots or hoses and sources of food such as open trash cans or leftover barbecue food, you will have ants coming in close. And if they come in close, they will begin to explore your walls and foundation and, where there are openings for them to pass through, they will enter into cellars, wall voids, and other hidden locations.

Ant Prevention Tips Any Time Of The Year

To prevent ants from invading your home or business, try the following:

  • Dry up your yard as much as possible, removing water sources.

  • Remove leaf litter, yard waste, clutter, and other materials where ants can hide.

  • Remove food sources. Keep fallen fruit picked up. Clean up after barbecues. Cover trash with tight-fitting lids. Don't leave pet food outside.

  • Inspect your home and seal up any gaps, cracks, or holes you find.

  • Partner with a trusted, established pest control company.

Nozzle Nolen has been helping folks eliminate nuisance and dangerous ants since 1951. Reach out to us today for prompt, professional assistance.

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