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Odorous House Ants

Workers are all the same size, small, 1/8-inch long Dark brown to shiny black Thorax uneven in shape when viewed from side Very strong odor when crushed

Pavement Ants

Pavement ants get their name because they make their nests in or under cracks in pavement. They can infest structures.

Argentine Ants

Workers are all the same size, small, 1/8-inch long -Uniformly dull brown -Petiole with 1 erect node -Thorax uneven in shape when viewed from side -Musty odor emitted when crushed

Identifying characteristics

  • Workers are all the same size, 3/16-inch long
  • Dark brown to black
  • Petiole with 2 nodes
  • Thorax uneven with 1 pair of spines
  • Grooves on head and thorax
  • 12-segmented antennae with 3-segmented club

Behavior

  • Feed on honeydew, insects, sweets, fruit, and greasy foods
  • Will feed on pet food both indoors and outdoors
  • Trails seen going to and from food sources, most often at night
  • Move in slow deliberate motion and are not easily disturbed
  • May move through plumbing pipes and electrical wires
  • Adjacent colonies fight, producing spectacular sidewalk “ant wars” in the spring

Nest type and size

  • Nest in lawns or under stones, wood, or boards
  • Mounds are built along sidewalks, baseboards, and near foundations in clusters
  • Colonies tend to be found near water.
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