There are a variety of ant species that can infiltrate your home. Some are simply hunting for food and water, while others are attempting to create a satellite colony in your home's timbers, inflicting significant property damage. A pheromone trail is left behind for other ants to follow if proper conditions are available. As a result, as soon as you notice ants, you should engage an ant exterminator to deal with the situation.
Examine baseboard gaps, carpet edges, window and door frames, water sources, areas where plumbing leaks have happened, and all areas of the kitchen within your home. Outside your home, inspect the perimeter landscaping, trees, tree stumps and rotten wood, mulch areas, and woodpiles, to name a few things.
It is critical that the homeowner does not attempt to solve the problem with over-the-counter products, depending on the species. In most cases, using the incorrect product will exacerbate the problem (process called budding where the colony separates and multiple colonies are formed). Spraying or baiting will not be enough to control wood-infesting insects like carpenter ants. To eliminate the threat, you must find where they are nesting in the house and treat it immediately.
Color: Dark brown to black
Size: 3-5 mm
Identifying Characteristics: 3-segmented body; one node; 12 segment antennae not terminated with a club; bitter odor when crushed.
Color: Yellow to orange red in color with dark abdomen
Size: 1-1,5 mm
Identifying Characteristics: Antennae has 10 segments and ends in a two-segmented club; stinger at tip of abdomen so small that it is rarely used effectively; most often confused with the Pharaoh ant.
Color: Yellowish to orange/reddish, with shiny dark abdomen
Size: Workers are about 1,5-2mm
Identifying Characteristics: 3-segmented body; two nodes; 12 segmented antennae with 3-segmented club;1,5-2mm, black in appearance, possess wings, and have a stinger.