Ants In North Carolina

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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.

Fire Ants

Brownish-red in color, fire ants tend to move in large numbers towards any threats. This species will sting their victims, injecting their venom, working together as a cohesive unit.

Big Headed Ants

Big headed ants are divided into two categories of workers, major and minor. The color of their bodies will depend on their job in the colony. Ranging from a dark reddish brown to yellow, this species of ant can be found traveling along walkways and on trees.

Pharaoh Ants

Pharaoh ants tend to be difficult to control as they prefer to nest inside structures and live in large colonies. They are able to form new groups quickly and are extremely small only about 1/16th of an inch in length. These ants are brownish yellow in color with their abdomens appearing a bit darker.

Pavement Ants

Homes containing stone or concrete foundations may find pavement ants to be a bit troublesome as they often nest in these places. Pavement ants are black to brown in appearance and are covered in parallel lines.

Argentine Ants

Argentine ants can be mainly identified by the odor they produce. They are brown to black in color and have shiny bodies. Living in large colonies, this species can be found in homes when the weather outside is a less than desirable environment.

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