Most Common Types

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, it will help you dertmine the species. Use our ant identifier to help determine the type of ants you encounter.

What They Look Like

Ants vary in size, but the majority of them are about 1/8 of an inch long. Carpenter ants are larger and range from 1/2 to 1 inch in length. Most ants are light to dark brown, except for Fire ants which tend to be red in color.

Where They Live

Ants can be found almost everywhere in the United States.

Where They Nest

Most ant species do not nest indoors, but when food and water outside are in limited supply or when there are major shifts in the weather, ants will enter your home seeking refuge and resources. Once their resources have been depleted or are difficult to get, ants will travel to a new location. This behavior makes ant infestations hard to predict, control and prevent.

Steps to Prevent

Ants can be difficult to control. To help protect your home from invasion, keep plants at least 1 foot away from your home. Make sure to seal exterior cracks where ants could enter. To discourage ants from coming indoors, repair water leaks, do not over water plants, clean up food spills, store food in tightly-sealed containers, and don’t leave out pet food. Apply Combat® Ant Killing Baits and Gels to get rid of ants for good. Combat® Ant Baits and Gels will eliminate ants in and around the house year round. If you think you have a ant problem, create your Plan of Attack to help you build your best line of defense in the war against pesky ants.

Are They Harmful?

Yes, their bites can leave itchy welts on the skin and can cause allergic reactions.