The Types of Ants and Their Habitats, Explained

In this article written by our ant and termite pros in Sydney, we are going to take a look and understand the types of ants and their habitat.

Ants are creepy-crawlies thrive on their social skills. They live in colonies in or around the house.

Did you know that there are more than 12,000 species of ants found worldwide? Here are some other mindblowing facts about these six-legged critters:

  • Ants are among the longest living insects. A particular species of ants can live for 30 years.
  • An ant can carry as much as 50 times its body weight.
  • Ants lack the sense of hearing. Most of the ants do not have eyes.
  • A super-colony of ants was found in the year 2000 in Argentina. It was 3,700 miles wide.

In our last post, we gave you a 5-step guide to removing ants from your home. Not all ants are the same, however, and it’s important to differentiate between them.

4 Major Types of Ants

Listed below are four significant types of ants that you can quickly identify.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are easily recognized owing to their large size. Much like a carpenter, these species of ants tend to carve their way into wooden doors and windows. They even prefer nesting inside dark, damp wooden furniture and fixtures. These ants are generally black, although they also come in reddish and yellowish variants. If they are white and chewing away at your wood, then they are not ants, but termites.

Acrobat Ants

These are some of the most flexible species of ants. Because of their ability to elevate their abdomen over their heads, it’s no surprise why these ants are known as acrobat ants. The moisture-filled areas in your house are where these ants choose to rest. A thorough inspection can help you identify the problem areas in the home.

Thief Ants

Thief ants are characterized by the habit of establishing their colonies beside an already established team of ants. These ants are light brown and may appear yellowish at times. The ants provide for themselves and their offspring by stealing food and water from other colonies of ants. In essence, they are robbing the other colony of territory and resources. You don’t want these thief ants in your home any more than you would want a burglar in your home.

Red Imported Fire Ants

Red fire ants are most commonly seen building mounds in loose dirt around the house. These ants are aggressive. Red ants or fire ants inject their venom as the bite, causing the area to turn red and itchy. These ants are one of the most invasive species of ants that you can find and you need to be careful as they could harm your pets and children.

Those are not all ant types. Some other common species of ants are odorous ants, pavement ants, and yellow meadow ants. 

Ants in the home make everyone antsy. Termite Treatment Sydney knows the most effective forms for treatment for an ant infestation. We are experts on ants and their habitats. If you have come to terms with an ant infestation in your Sydney apartment or house, you must act immediately to get the infestation eradicated. Call (02) 8315 3205 for an ant-free home.

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