Kinds of Ants

What Kinds of Ants are Invading Your California Home?

Ants may not be the most fearsome creatures in the wide world of pests. Most people would take an ant over a spider or a cockroach any day. But what ants do have is numbers; if ants put their minds to swarming your home, you could have a real problem on your hands. You may have noticed that ants vary significantly in size, color and even behavior, which is why today, we are going to take a look at a few of the most common types of ants you may find in your home in California. The next time you see one crawling up your wall, you should have an idea of what it is after and what kind of danger it poses.

Argentine Ants

Argentine ants are an invasive species of ant from—you guessed it—Argentina. First recorded in the United States in the early 20th century, this type of ant has since become extremely common in North America, especially California. These ants are small and brown and tend to bring great numbers when they decide to invade your home. But hey, they don’t bite!

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ants live up to their names, carving homes for themselves in wood. Unfortunately, they do not seem to care if that wood is already part of your home. Due to their affinity for burrowing, these ants have the potential to cause serious structural damage to buildings, making them one of the most dangerous types of ants to find. They are fairly easy to identify because of their size—carpenters can reach half an inch long, which is significantly larger than other common types, including argentine. The last bit of bad news about carpenter ants is that they can bite, but they will only do so if provoked (or if you criticize their craftsmanship). 

Fire Ants

There are two important types of fire ants in California: the southern fire ant and the red imported fire ant. These two types of ants are roughly the same size and color, and they both sting. The latter is an invasive species as its name suggests, while the former is native to the region. As you may have gleaned from their names, these small, reddish-brown ants both have painful stings. The red imported fire ant has the more painful sting of the two. 

Among Others!

The ant species detailed above are not the only types of ants you might encounter in your home. There is, however, a very good chance that the pests attempting to overthrow your kitchen fall into one of these groups. Now that you know them and the dangers they pose, you can better protect your home from them. If you’re struggling with ants or are worried about potential issues with ants, don’t hesitate to contact Valley Pest Solutions today. Let’s work together to protect your home and get you the relief that you deserve.