Pavement ants are small ants about 1/8th inch long and dark brown to black in color. They are found throughout the US and are a major pest in the many areas. The name for this ant comes from its habit of nesting under sidewalks and driveways and piling dirt removed from the nest, in a mound, on top of the pavement.
In addition to nesting under sidewalks, pavement ant colonies can be found under other items lying on top of the ground, including stones, logs, boards, bricks and patio blocks. They may nest in open soil close to building foundations or under mulch in landscaped beds. Only rarely do the ants nest indoors in walls, under floors or in insulation.ontrol of pavement ants should begin with an attempt to locate the nest site. Ants entering buildings from outdoors can be discouraged by sealing as many cracks and gaps in exterior walls as possible. Also, correct poor foundation drainage and repair water leaks.
Odorous house ants are small ants about 1/8th inch long and dark brown in color. They are found throughout the US, and in spite of their name, are only occasional pests in the house. Their name comes from the disagreeable odor, similar to the smell of rotten coconuts, that is given off when the worker ants are crushed.Control of odorous house ants should begin with an attempt to locate the origin of the ants. Careful and frequent observation may be necessary to develop an opinion about the source. Ants entering from outdoors can be discouraged by sealing as many cracks and gaps in exterior walls as possible.
Pharaoh Ants are very small in size, light yellow to red in color with black markings on their abdomen. Due to their extremely small size, they can be found in a diversity of places, appearing suddenly. They have a wide range of foraging and their nests are usually well hidden. They are very persistent, with large colonies.
Inside they are usually found in the kitchen and bathrooms, but workers are seen trailing along window sills, and baseboards. They can also be spotted near sources of water in the kitchen and bathrooms, counter tops, toilets, drains and sinks. They prefer to nest in recessed areas like wall voids, under some appliances, in wall outlets, under carpet for protection. They can also nest outdoors in lawns and gardens.