Ant Facts & Information

Protect your home or business from ants by learning techniques for identification and control.

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Family Formicidae


Types of Ants

What do ants look like?

Adult ants species come in a variety of shapes and sizes but each will be one of three different colony castes; queens, workers or males. Queens are fertile females that lay all the eggs in a colony. Workers are wingless females that gather food, feed larvae, maintain the nest, defend the colony, and do not reproduce. Male ants are winged and their only job is to mate with the queens during the swarming process.

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Acrobat Ant

Crematogaster spp.

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Allegheny Mound Ant

Formica exsectoides

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Linepithema humile

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Ecitoninae spp.

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Bigheaded Ant

Pheidole spp.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ants

Camponotus spp.

Citronella Ants

Citronella Ant

Lasius interjectus

Cow Killer Ants

Cow Killer Ant

Dasymutilla occidentalis

Crazy Ants

Crazy Ant

Paratrechina longicornis

Elongate Mexican Twig Ants

Elongate Mexican Twig Ant

Pseudomyrmex gracilis

Field Ants

Field Ant

Formica spp.

Fire Ants

Fire Ant

Solenopsis invicta

Ghost Ants

Ghost Ant

Tapinoma melanocephalum

Grease Ants

Grease Ant

Harvester Ants

Harvester Ant

Pogonomyrmex spp.

Leafcutter Ants

Leafcutter Ant

Atta & Acromyrmex spp.

Little Black Ants

Little Black Ant

Monomorium minimum

Moisture Ants

Moisture Ant

Lasius spp.

Odorous Ants

Odorous Ant

Tapinoma sessile

Pavement Ants

Pavement Ant

Tetramorium caespitum

Pharaoh Ants

Pharaoh Ant

Monomorium pharaonis

Pyramid Ants

Pyramid Ant

Dorymyrmex spp.

Roger's Ants

Roger's Ant

Hypoponera punctatissima

Rover Ants

Rover Ant

Brachymyrmex spp.


How do I get rid of ants?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Ant on an apple

Ant Facts

Understanding Ant Problems

The more you know about ants, the better you can predict and control their behavior. Here are some quick facts to help you on your way.

Leaving Trails

Ants leave an invisible chemical trail which contains pheromones for others to follow once they locate the food source.


Ants can nest anywhere in and around your house—in lawns, walls, stumps, and even under foundation.


A colony can live a relatively long lifetime. Worker ants may live seven years and the queen may live up to 15 years.


Colonies can number up to 500,000 and whole colonies can uproot and relocate quickly when threatened.

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