Ant Identification

Throughout the world, there are over 12,000 species of ants. Some of the most common ant species in the United States are the Argentine, Odorous House, Carpenter, Fire, Pavement, and Pharaoh Ants. If you know what the ant looks like you can identify the species and learn more about how to solve your pest problem and protect your home from future infestations.

Common Types of Ants

How to exterminate them

The key to exterminating ants is to kill the entire colony. If you just spray the ants you see, more ants will continue to reappear in search for a source of water and food that they can bring back to share with the queen and other ants in the colony. Combat® products provide the source kill you need and are a guaranteed solution! Use Combat® Source Kill Max Ant Baits in common areas where you see ants and Combat® Ant Killing Gel in cracks and crevices or places where ants might enter the home. Click here to learn more about how Combat® works to kill at the source.

Where they live

Odorous House Ants live throughout the United States. They tend to be less common in desert environments.

What they look like

Odorous House Ants are medium-sized ants, approximately 1/8 inch long. They are uniform brown to black in color. They can be identified by the rotten coconut odor they release when crushed.

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How to exterminate them

The key to exterminating ants is to kill the entire colony. If you just spray the ants you see, more ants will continue to reappear in search for a source of water and food that they can bring back to share with the queen and other ants in the colony. Combat® products provide the source kill you need and are a guaranteed solution! Use Combat® Source Kill Max Ant Baits in common areas where you see ants and Combat® Ant Killing Gel in cracks and crevices or places where ants might enter the home. Click here to learn more about how Combat® works to kill at the source.

Where they live

Argentine Ants are commonly found in the Southern United States.

What they look like

Argentine Ants are medium sized, approximately 1/8 inch long, and their coloring is light to dark brown. When crushed, they emit a musty odor.

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How to exterminate them

The key to exterminating ants is to kill the entire colony. If you just spray the ants you see, more ants will continue to reappear in search for a source of water and food that they can bring back to share with the queen and other ants in the colony. Combat® products provide the source kill you need and are a guaranteed solution! Use Combat® Source Kill Max Ant Baits in common areas where you see ants and Combat® Ant Killing Gel in cracks and crevices or places where ants might enter the home. Click here to learn more about how Combat® works to kill at the source.

Where they live

Pavement Ants can be found throughout most of the U.S.

What they look like

Pavement Ants are medium-sized ants (1/8 inch long). They vary in color from light brown to black with lighter legs and antennae. Their head and thorax have longitudinal, parallel grooves and they move slowly.

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How to exterminate them

The key to exterminating ants is to kill the entire colony. If you just spray the ants you see, more ants will continue to reappear in search for a source of water and food that they can bring back to share with the queen and other ants in the colony. Combat® products provide the source kill you need and are a guaranteed solution! Use Combat® Source Kill Max Ant Baits in common areas where you see ants and Combat® Ant Killing Gel in cracks and crevices or places where ants might enter the home. Click here to learn more about how Combat® works to kill at the source.

Where they live

Pharaoh Ants can be found throughout the United States.

What they look like

Pharaoh Ants are small, approximately 1/16 inches long, and are yellow, light brown or red in color. The tip of their abdomen is darker than the rest of their bodies.

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How to exterminate them

The key to exterminating ants is to kill the entire colony. If you just spray the ants you see, more ants will continue to reappear in search for a source of water and food that they can bring back to share with the queen and other ants in the colony. Combat® products provide the source kill you need and are a guaranteed solution! Use Combat® Source Kill Max Ant Baits in common areas where you see ants and Combat® Ant Killing Gel in cracks and crevices or places where ants might enter the home. Click here to learn more about how Combat® works to kill at the source.

Where they live

Carpenter Ants are found throughout the U.S. The four common species are found in different regions of the country, but have similar habits and can be controlled using similar techniques. Carpenter Ants are most problematic for homes built in wooded rural areas.

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How to exterminate them

Unfortunately Combat® does not carry a product guaranteed to get rid of your Fire Ant problem. Find a bait or granule product that claims that it specifically kills fire ants. Fire Ants will be most attracted to protein based baits.

Where they live

There are six known species of Fire Ants in the United States, the most troublesome is the Red Imported Fire Ant, which is found throughout the Southern United States.

What they look like

Fire Ant colonies contain mixed sizes of ants ranging from small (1/16 inch long) to large (1/4 inch long). They are typically red, but are sometimes brown or black, with abdomens that are usually darker than the rest of their bodies.

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