Ant Behavior & Characteristics
On the hunt for food, a single ant can lead the way for the entire colony to invade your home. The best way to control the problem is to find the nest and remove the queen. Ants can live in the wall, attic, or other hidden areas in or around your home. For Ant Control or any other Pest Control need that you may have, please give us a call for a free estimate.
Many different species of Florida ants from North to South, east to west inhabit this great state. There are 221 species of ants recognized here in Florida. They inhabit a wide variety of nesting locations including tree limbs and twigs, grass culms, rotten logs, leaf litter, soils of all types, acorns, pine tree bark and even pocket gopher burrows deep underground. The favorable habitat and climate conditions that exist in Florida also make it easier for exotic ant species to become established, especially when combined with this state’s vagabond human population and history of tropical plant commerce. Of the 221 species, 52 are exotic, more than any other state.
Pest ants in Florida include the Acrobat Ant, Argentine Ant, Bicolored Trailing Ant, Big-Headed Ant, Black Carpenter Ant, Crazy Ant, Destructive Trailing Ant, Elongate Twig Ant, Florida Carpenter Ant, Florida Harvester Ant, Ghost Ant, Little Fire Ant, Pharaoh Ant, Pyramid Ant, Red Imported Fire Ant, Rover Ant and the White-Footed Ant.
Types of Ants
The Florida Carpenter Ant is a large to very large type of ant. It’s coloring is that of black and orange. These ants are mainly nocturnal. They nest in dead tree branches, rotting logs, tree stumps, piles of lumber, or under yard objects (potted plants, trash cans etc.) in voids such as curtain rods, hollow porch columns, wall and attic insulation, timer boxes, and pump housing.
Florida Fire Ants are considerably the most dangerous ants here. They are tiny, little creatures packed with poison and as a group, they bite in unison.
Florida Black Ants are similar to a carpenter ant, but they are covered in long yellowish or white hairs. Their colonies have 1 queen normally. These ants are prominent in North Florida.