Positive ant ID: Grab a magnifying glass and properly identify your pesky pests
Identify ants by their antics
If you notice an ant doing strange things with its heart-shaped abdomen — like raising it above its head — it's probably an acrobat ant. They usually prefer sweets and meats.
Difficult to control
Carpenter ants are the largest ants in the U.S. and reside outdoors and indoors in moist, decaying or hollow wood. The ants' most common color is black. They also enjoy sweets.
Look to your sidewalk
Like their name hints at, pavement ants' nests are outdoors under stones, along curbs or in cracks of pavement. Careful: these light-brown ants can sting, but are not aggressive.
Use your nose to ID this ant
If you step on an ant and smell rotten coconut — yes, rotten coconut — you probably have odorous ants. These smelly pests will invade during wet weather looking for sweets.
Follow water for these ants
Moisture ants like — you guessed it — moisture. So look for these pests in high-moisture areas, especially wet, damaged wood. Or inside walls where there is a plumbing leak.
Beware of this ant's bite
If you've been stung by one of these, you know how to identify a fire ant. The sensation is like intense burning. They favor warm, conditions and attack in large numbers.
Lawns a favorite spot
Field ants nest in the ground in lawns, gardens, fields and parks. When disturbed they will bite. These ants make a mound with the soil that they excavate under the ground.
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