There are many types of ants, but two of the most common are carpenter ants and fire ants. Both of these types of ants can be pests, but they have different habits and needs. In this blog post, we will compare and contrast carpenter ants and fire ants so that you can better identify them and know how to get rid of them.
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- 1 Carpenter Ants Identification
- 2 Identification of Fire Ants
- 3 The Problems Carpenter Ants Cause
- 4 The Damage That Fire Ants Do
- 5 Controlling Carpenter Ants
- 6 Dealing With Fire Ants
- 7 Takeaway
Carpenter Ants Identification
When observed from the side, they have a thorax (region behind the head) that is equally shaped and a waist with one node (petiole). Black or red and black workers are employed. The average length of a worker is 3/8 to 1/2 inches; one species is barely 3/16 inches long. The length of a queen might be as short as an inch.
Identification of Fire Ants
Fire ants, like most all insects, have six legs and a strong exoskeleton that protects them from predators. The pedicle and gaster make up the pedicle and gaster, which are round heads with mandibles, an armored thorax midsection, and an abdomen made up of the pedicle and gaster.
The hue of the head is usually copper brown. Fire ant workers have an abdominal stinger in addition to their mandibles.
The Problems Carpenter Ants Cause
Carpenter ants can weaken supports and deform framing if they are not treated. As a result, doors, windows, sloped floors, sinking ceilings, and bulging walls result. If you find out you have carpenter ants in your home, don’t let this be the case.
When carpenter ants gnaw into a home’s wood, they can cause the following problems:
- Water-damaged floors that swell out as if they’ve been flooded.
- A dipping floor.
- Doors and windows with holes in the framing.
- Freely swinging or sticking doors
- Whether or not a window stays up or not.
- Irritated siding.
- The warping of your home’s framework and the weakening of support structures.
- Sinking ceilings
The Damage That Fire Ants Do
Living insects and dead animals are the main sources of food for these aggressive insects. They are, however, drawn to fats and sugary foods after they have infiltrated a home.
In natural places, fire ants could have a significant impact on the vegetation ecosystems. The ratios of the various seeds available to develop could be altered as a result of their propensity of eating or injuring seeds, which could dramatically impact an ecosystem over time.
Insects and animals that pollinate native plants are also preyed upon or disturbed by fire ants, which may result in long-term changes in the vegetation of our wilderness areas.
By tunneling through roots and stems, fire ants can kill some plants and feed on seeds. They help to safeguard some of the ‘honeydew’-producing nuisance insects. This lowers the quality of the produce and aids in the spread of some diseases.
Controlling Carpenter Ants
Ants can quickly infest your home, and if this problem is not immediately addressed, it can be a huge problem for you. In controlling ants, here are some of the best ways to get rid of them:
Replace Rotting, Wet Wood
If you have a woodpile outside, make sure it is at least 20 feet away from your home. Inspect any tree stumps around your property and remove them if they are rotting.
Bait for Ants
There are a variety of bait products on the market that can be used to control carpenter ants. Baits work best when they are placed near the ant’s trail.
Diatomaceous earth is a fine, white powder that is made up of the fossilized remains of diatoms. When dry, it can be used to control insects by damaging their exoskeleton.
Toss Boric Acid Into Their Nests
Boric acid can be used to kill carpenter ants and should be applied directly into their nests. This kills ants because it interferes with their metabolism.
Spray With a Pyrethrin-Based Agent
Pyrethrin is a natural insecticide that is derived from the flowers of chrysanthemums. It will kill ants in contact because it attacks their nervous system.
If you are not comfortable with any of the methods listed above, or if the infestation is too large, contact a professional pest control company.
They will be able to effectively treat your home for carpenter ants and fire ants as they have the right equipment and experience in dealing with these pests.
Dealing With Fire Ants
There are several ways to deal with an infestation of fire ants:
Remove Their Food Sources
In order to get rid of fire ants, you need to remove their food sources. This means keeping your yard clean and free of debris like leaves, grass clippings, woodpiles, etc.
Use a Chemical Barrier Treatment
You can also use a chemical barrier treatment around your home’s foundation and entrances. These treatments will kill any fire ants that come into contact with them.
Place Baits in Infested Areas
Fire ant bait is available at most hardware stores, and it will kill the ants when they take it back to the nest.
Call a Professional Pest Control Company
If you have a large infestation or if you are uncomfortable with any of the methods listed above, contact a professional pest control company. They will be able to treat your home for fire ants effectively.
As you can see, there are some major differences between carpenter ants and fire ants. If you’re ever faced with an ant infestation, it’s important to know which type of ant you’re dealing with so that you can take the appropriate steps to get rid of them. If you have any more questions to ask, feel free to contact us today!