Ants, like most other insects, can be found all over the world. That being said, North Carolina has its fare share. Able to survive in a myriad of environments these pesky insects will consume a variety of different foods which allows them to be found almost anywhere. Ants have a distinctive body that separates them from other insects. Their bodies have three individual parts- abdomen, thorax, and head. Those with wings are at the reproductive stage of their life and are able to take flight. Social by nature, these common household intruders work together and live in large colonies.
Not only can ants irritate their homeowners, some species have the capacity to cause structural damage as well. Although they do not eat wood, they tunnel through to create channels and nesting areas. In addition to threatening the structural integrity of your home, other species of ants can pose serious health risks to certain individuals; fire ant stings are potentially dangerous, big headed ants can carry tapeworms, and pharaoh ants can transmit salmonella.
Some common species of ants found in Charlotte, North Carolina are the fire ant, big headed ant, pharaoh ant, pavement ant, and argentine ant. Continue reading to find out more about each of these species.