Ants are no stranger to being pegged as home invaders, especially if they discover a convenient food source. With the thousands of species of ants found throughout the world, ants can be discovered foraging nearly anywhere. Some ant species are more common and plentiful in different areas and Utah is no different.
Rentokil relate the more common species infesting your home or landscape in Utah.
The most common offenders of ant species roaming through Utah’s residents are; Carpenter Ants, Pavement Ants, Little Black Ants, and Argentine Ants. Pharaoh Ants can also be found occasionally.
Carpenter Ants: These ants are a bit larger than other ant species, measuring in at ¼”-1/2” in length on average, but can get to be an inch long. They are either black or a dark reddish-brown color and will nest in damp and decaying wood. Carpenter ants do not consume wood like termites, but they chew through wood to form their nesting tunnels and to carve routes to convenient food sources. They will often leave sawdust-like particles in areas where they are nesting. Carpenter ants are the worst offenders in infiltrating the homes in Utah.
Pavement Ants: Pavements ants are rightfully named due to their travel methods in cracks in the pavement. They get to be approximately 1/8” long and are dark brown to nearly black in color. Pavement ants are ants that will eat nearly anything; insects, honey, honeydew, meats, cheese, seeds, nuts, bread, and even ice cream. They sometimes are misidentified as sugar ants, but true sugar ants are located in Australia and are much larger and either black or orange.
Little Black Ants: Little Black ants are tiny, with the queen measuring in about 1/8” and worker ants are but 1/16” long. When these pests intrude in your home, they are typically found in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms, but can spread extremely quickly. The reason being is that they form additional colonies with queens in each colony. The queen lays quite a few eggs a day and it takes only 10 days for the eggs to hatch.
Argentine Ants: Approximately 1/16″ long they range from light to dark brown in color. Colonies are enormous, and they have many queens within the colony. These ants usually seek refuge to construct their nests in damp soil, right next to or under buildings, under wood boards, and along sidewalks. They will eat nearly anything, bat favors sweet foods.
Pharaoh Ants: These ants are yellow with red and black markings on their abdomen and are also only about 1/16” long. When the weather is warm they don’t mind roughing it out in the outdoors, but will often wonder inside looking for warmth during winter. They prefer a well-hidden, safe area to build up their nests.
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