RED IMPORTED FIRE ANTS get their common name from their ability to inflict painful bites and stings. These dark reddish-brown ants are an invasive species found throughout the southern part of the U.S.  These red ants build large mound nests that are flattened, irregular in shape, and between two and four square feet in size.  They are commonly introduced into new areas through potted plants, shrubs and trees.  They usually nest in soil near structural foundations or in landscaping.  Although these fire ants are often found outdoors, they can gain access to buildings through HVAC systems and AC units.

PAVEMENT ANTS get their name because they make their nests in or under cracks in pavement. These dark brown to black ants can also infest structures. These black ants will eat almost anything. They have been known to consume insects, seeds, honeydew, honey, bread, meats, nuts & cheese. They forage in trails for distances up to 30 feet and are known to clim masonry walls that enter into occupied areas.

CARPENTER ANTS get their name because they excavate wood in order to build their nests.  Their excavation results in smooth tunnels inside the wood.  These are large ants ranging in size from one-quarter inch for a worker and to up to three-quarters inch for a queen. Carpenter ants build their nests outdoors in various wood sources, including tree stumps, firewood or landscaping.  They need a constant water source to survive. Carpenter ants will enter the house through wet, damaged wood.