What Kind of Ants Are These?
Almost anyone who lives in Arizona knows that ants can be a serious problem to one’s home, garden, business or other endeavors. Although bug repellents, such as Green Home Pest that has effective ant pest control services, go a long way in eliminating these creatures, it’s always helpful to know each type of ant and their specific behaviors and patterns. Here are eight different ant species that are native to Arizona.
1. Forelius Analis
Although these ants are small, they are extremely fast, aggressive and numerous, making them rather difficult to get rid of. They grow to no more than 2mm in length and are amber in color. The worst aspect of this particular species is that they can cover tens of square feet quite easily. They absolutely love hot days, so keep an eye out for them during the heat of the day. Their primary sources of food include tiny insects, dropped crumbs, pollen, nectar, and honeydew.
2. Solenopsis Xyloni A.K.A. The Native Fire Ant
These critters are abundant in landscapes throughout metro Phoenix. However, they can be found all over the entire state of Arizona. The most noted aspect of this variety is their painful sting, which contains an actual stinger, unlike many other ants. They eat just about anything they can find. Thanks to their unusually powerful sense of smell, finding food is almost never a problem.
3. Paratrechina Terricola
This variety of ants are quite small in size, never reaching a length that’s more than two millimeters. What makes them very distinguishable from others is their light brown, almost tan, color. Unlike most ants that prefer hot weather, these ants prefer the cooler times of the day. They prey on smaller insects and spend a lot of time collecting nectar from flowers.
4. Brachymyrmex Depilis
Also an average of two millimeters in length, these ants appear jet black in color. They are relatively fast and are commonly found in places such as old logs and tree trunks. Therefore, they don’t really pose a serious threat to the average garden. Regardless, they can become quite a nuisance. They tend to feed off the honeydew that is excreted off insects such as aphids, leafhoppers and scale insects. Not only can they be found in Arizona, but they’re located all over the United States as well.
5. Monomorium sp.
The average person would identify this variety as the common house ant, which is half true. This is the variety that anyone can find by looking outside their house. Like many other ants, they prey on smaller insects. Although they have a stinger, it’s simply too small to inflict any type of damage or pain on humans. They move relatively slow and can be found on loose soil or even pavement.
6. Ponera Trigona
Never growing more than three millimeters in length, these ants never leave the surface of the soil. Another unique thing about this ant is that it’s completely blind! Their stinger is simply too small to hurt humans either. However, their stinger is of sufficient size to kill prey. They prey on mites and other insects that can be found in compost piles. Fortunately, these ants are not harmful whatsoever and actually help a compost pile further degrade.
7. Strumigenys sp.
There’s simply is no mistaking this variety for another, since they are extraordinarily small in size and nearly transparent. Until a person looks at one under a microscope, they won’t realize that this ant is one aggressive hunter. In fact, it uses two fangs to kill its prey.
8. Odontomachus Haematoda
This variety is hands down the largest on this list, measuring out to nine millimeters in length! Worse yet, they kill their prey by using two giant horrifying mandibles. Half of their body is brown while the other half is a dark red. Worse yet, they have microscopic mites all over them.
As one can see, there are countless different ants out there, each with their own unique way of living. With this knowledge, one will be able to use their Green Home Pest product far more effectively by utilizing different elimination strategies.
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