Ant Identification & Information
Many species of ants live in Colorado and in most cases are beneficial to aeration in yards and cleaning up what other critters leave behind. They usually only become a nuisance when they get into structures or invade our outdoor activities.Ants are social insects. They live in colonies and work together to care for their queen. Ant colonies are comprised of at least one queen and her workers. The workers take care of foraging for food to feed the young and protect the queen.
Carpenter antsCarpenter ants live in large colonies and work together to excavate wood and create neat tunnels and nesting areas within the wood - they do not eat wood. Carpenter ants are a large ant species. The workers are about ¼ of an inch in length and the queens are about ¾ of an inch in length. These ants are generally black in color but can be red, black or a combination of both.
Acrobat antsColor: light brownish-yellow, and are recognized by a heart-shaped abdomen Size: Workers are about 1/8 to 1/4 inch long Feeding Habits: sweet juices such as honeydew of aphids, nectar, plant sap, etc.
Argentine antsColor: dull brown Size: Workers are all the same size, small, 1/8-inch long Feeding Habits: sweets, fresh fruit, and buds of some plants
Crazy antsColor: light dark brown to black in color Size: Workers are about 1/10 inch long, with slender long legs Feeding Habits: sweets and kitchen scraps, but prefer to feed on animal matter and insects such as fly larvae and adults
Odorous House antsColor: light brown to dark brown in color Size: about 1/10 inch long Feeding Habits: occasionally forage indoors for sweets and other foods. They give off an unpleasant odor when crushed (rotten coconuts)
Pavement ants (most common) Color: light to dark brown or blackish and hairy Size: Workers are sluggish, between 1/12 to 1/4 inch long Feeding Habits: grease, meat, live and dead insects, honeydew, roots of plants and planted seeds
Fire ants (public health risk due to stings)Color: reddish-brown in color and extremely aggressive Size: between 1/16 to 1/4-inch in length Feeding Habits: aphids and plants Additional Information: http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/PHPPS/pdep/rifa/biology_RIFA.html
Pharaoh ants(very difficult to control, DO NOT WARNING-DO NOT USE RETAIL OVER THE COUNTER PRODUCTS AS THIS WILL CAUSE SUB-NESTING IN OTHER PARTS OF A STRUCTURE) Color: reddish light yellow to reddish-brown Size: workers are very small about 1/16-inch long Feeding Habits: jellies, honey, shortening, peanut butter, corn syrup, fruit juices, baked goods, soft drinks, greases, dead insects and even shoe polish Additional Information: http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/2064.html
Thief ants(very difficult to control, DO NOT WARNING-DO NOT USE RETAIL OVER THE COUNTER PRODUCTS AS THIS WILL CAUSE SUB-NESTING IN OTHER PARTS OF A STRUCTURE) Color: smooth, shiny, yellowish to bronze Size: Workers are very small ants, about 1/32 to 1/20 inch long Feeding Habits: found around kitchen sinks feeding on grease, oils, cheese, meat, dead insects
Yellow cornfield antsColor: light to dark brown Size: Workers are about 1/10 to 1/4 inch long Feeding Habits: live on the nectar of flowers, live and dead insects and are very fond of honeydew
Ant Mitigiation Services
The most important key to the elimination of these insects is to determine the type of ant you are having problems with. By understanding their specific habits, both feeding and living, a prescribed treatment can be developed and performed with little to no chemical introduction into your environment. We call this our eco-$smart (GREEN) service approach.