Ant Identification & Prevention Guide

What are ants?

Ants are highly social insects and work closely together to care for their colony. All ants have three distinct body regions: head, thorax, and abdomen. They also have a pair of bent antennae, and reproductive members of the colony have wings. Although they vary in size, behavior, food preferences, and nesting locations, ants are one of the most prevalent and easy-to-identify pests living in and around homes and businesses here in our great state of Texas.

Listed below are five of the most common species of ants living throughout to our area of Greater Austin, Texas:

Acrobat ants - Acrobat ants have heart-shaped abdomens and vary in color from light brown to black. When disturbed, acrobat ants raise their abdomens over their thoraxes and heads.

Little black ants - As their name suggests, these ants range in color from dark brown to black, though they are typically jet black, and are very small compared to many other ant species.

Carpenter ants - These large ants can be black, red, yellow, or a combination of these colors. Carpenter ants build tunnels and nests inside of wood, preferring decaying or water-damaged wood.

Rover ants - Rover ants are very small and range from pale yellow to brown or black. These ants are especially problematic as they are known to invade homes, businesses, and hospitals.

Fire ants - These small, reddish-brown ants are easily agitated and will attack anything they view as a threat. Fire ants received their name from the painful bites and stings they deliver.

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