Ants

Order: Hymenoptera
Complete Metamorphosis (egg, larva, pupa, adult)
The most common inside/wall nesting:
Carpenter Ant
Crazy House Ant
Odorous house Ant
Pharaoh Ant
Thief Ant
The most common outside/ground nesting:
Argentine
Pavement Ant
Little Black Ant
Velvety Tree Ant
Fire Ant

Argentine Ant
Color:
Length: 1/16 - 1/4
Habitat: Argentine ants will forage in trails near wet environments and a food source. Sub-colonies are created through connecting trails.
Misc: Argentine ants are the most common invader. Their diet consists of sugar and protein.
 

 
Crazy House Ant
Color: Black
Length: 1/8
Habitat: The Crazy House Ant can be found: under wood piles, bricks, inside homes, and under carpet.
Misc: The Crazy House Ant will develop large colonies containing multiple queens and thousands of workers.

 
Carpenter Ant
Color: Dark Red
Length: 1/4 - 3/4
Habitat: Carpenter ants prefer damp locations in damaged wood. You will typically find these ants nesting in; beams, floors, walls, fences, and decks. Carpenters build satellite nests in homes located up to several hundred feet away from the parent colony. Trails run from the parent nest to satellite nests.
Reproduction: Carpenter queens release their wings after fertilization. Queens can lay eggs during entire lifetime from one fertilization process. Fertilization begins during a hot summer day; including a flight process involving thousands of winged males and females.
Misc: A single colony will only allow one to two queens at a time. Carpenter ants carve tunnels out of wood. Entry points can be any of the following: plants, tree branches, fence, and utility lines.

Fire Ant
Color: Golden Brown
Length: 1/5
Habitat: Fire Ants will make dome shaped mounds in ground 1.5" long and approximately 1' tall. They usually nest in unshaded grassy areas and attack any object that touches mound.
Misc: Fire ants have a very aggressive behavior resulting in a painful bite. Fire Ants feed on plant and animal material.

 
Little Black Ant
Color: Black
Length: 1/8
Habitat: Black Ant colonies are large and contain many queens.
Misc: Nests are located in decaying wood and bricks. Black Ants feed on any food material including other insects. Black Ants forage in regular trails.

 
IPM For Ants
1. Locate the nest
2. Remove the nest
3. Clean the entire trail
4. Seal all entry and exit points
5. Additional bait stations may be placed outside for continued control
6. Prevent branches and bushes from touching structures
7. keep garbage and compost away from your home
8. Eliminate standing water and leaf litter