Ants in Chattanooga

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Ants you may see in Chattanooga and surrounding areas like Ridgeside, Tyner and East Ridge:

Argentine Ants

Argentine ants set up massive aggressive nests that displace other creatures living in the area and have invaded countries around the world. If you have Argentine ants near your home, you’re likely to see signs of their expansive nests.

Carpenter Ants

Some of the largest ants located in the United States are carpenter ants. As their name suggests, they make their nests in wood. This can be in a healthy tree, a rotting tree trunk that has fallen, or even in the wood of your home. They have powerful mandibles that they use to tear apart the wood to build their elaborate nests.

Harvester Ants

Harvester ants are a broad category of ant that contains many individual species. These ants get their name from their habit of harvesting seeds for food. They prefer to stick to a minimal diet, consuming only one type of food until that food source is depleted.

Little Black Ants

American homes are most commonly plagued with Little Black ants. If you see a trail of small dark-colored ants marching through your home, you likely have this species in the house. Learn more about little black ants so you can adequately identify and exterminate them.

Pavement Ants

Pavement ants are a species of ants that were introduced to the United States between the 1700s and the 1800s. It is thought that they stowed away on merchant ships traveling from Europe to the United States. Pavement ants are soil-dwellers, but get their names from nesting underneath concrete slabs or asphalt.

Odorous House Ants

As the name suggests, odorous house ants are an ant species best known for the smell that you’ll notice when they’re crushed. This is often described as a rotten coconut odor. Visible ants in the home are the most common sign that you have a problem with this species.

Pharaoh Ants

Pharaoh ants are an invasive ant species that reside throughout the entire United States. Their origins are thought to be in Africa, but this is uncertain. Through the years, pharaoh ants were mistakenly believed to be a plague that invaded Egypt during the reign of the Pharaohs. Whether or not they were actually in Egypt during that time, they are currently plaguing the United States.

Red Imported Fire Ants

The red imported fire ant (RIFA) is one of the two most common fire ants found in the United States. These ants are known as an overly invasive species of ant and are most active during the summer months. In most cases, by the time you notice fire ants on your property, they have already established themselves and will be hard to eliminate.

Velvet Ants

This solitary creature has a vicious sting so painful that it weighs in at a No. 4 on the insect sting pain index, making it one of the most painful stings in the world.

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