How to Be a Successful Ant Identifier
An ant is just an ant, right? Telling the difference between one ant and another is quite important, especially if you want to figure out the best way to get rid of them in your home. Since some Combat bait and gel products are designed to work best on different ant species, successfully identifying the ants in your home will enable you to get the most value from your pest control strategies. An ant identifier reference or chart will also be able to help, but first you need to closely observe the insects you have spotted.
What to Look for
These are the primary characteristics that you can look for to help you identify ants:
- Color – Is the insect’s body shiny or not? Is the body all one color or can you see variation?
- Size – What common object is comparable to the insect’s size? How does the ant compare to pencil lead, a grain of rice, or a dried bean?
- Behavior – Is the ant by itself or are others nearby? What time of day did you see it?
- Habitat – Where did you see the ant? Do you see multiple ants in one main area?
Common Household Ants
Pavement ants are some of the most common of all household ants. Often pavement ants nest in soil but will also nest under sidewalks, building slabs, and large rocks. Pet food bowls are commonly attacked by pavement ants. In terms of ants, they are relatively small - about 1/8”. Their antennae and legs are light brown, and their bodies are light brown to black.
The odorous ant releases a rotten, coconut-like scent (which also smells like blue cheese) when crushed, making it particularly unpleasant. They have brown or black bodies, and are relatively small about 1/8”. They may be mistaken for other common pest ants, so you may try to identify this variety by crushing one.
When using Combat baits, be sure to remove all other competing food sources, such as garbage or pet food dishes. Taking away other food options will help encourage ants to zero in on the bait and provide them less incentive to return.