Ants In South Florida
Sugar Ants a.k.a Ghost Ants
Ghost or Sugar ants are typical household pests found throughout south and central Florida. This type of ant loves sugar and water, so they are typically found in the kitchen and bathroom areas of your home. These ants do not bite or sting, but they will get into food items and are typically thought of as a nuisance. How to prevent them: Cleanliness and keeping all food items in air tight containers is an important step in managing these pests. How we treat them: Beach Environmental has a secret formula for the bait that will eliminate Sugar ants in no time.
This is one of the most common ants found around all inhabited areas. These ants don't typically nest outdoors except in southern latitudes and have been able to adapt to field conditions in Southern Florida. Nesting occurs in warm, humid areas near food and/or water sources. The size of the colony can range from a few dozen to several hundred thousands. The Pharaoh ant is a major indoor pest in the United States. For more information visit the University of Florida link. http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/urban/ants/pharaoh_ant.htm build mounds
Carpenter ants are commonly found throughout Florida and other surrounding states. They do not feed off of the wood, but they excavate it to make nests and tunnels for their young. This ant feeds off of sweets and proteins found both inside and outside of the home. Carpenter Ants are nocturnal and are usually only seen at night foraging for food. This ant not only can cause structural damage but they also bite, so watch out. How to prevent them: It is a good idea to remove any mulch that is touching the base of your home and to cut all foliage off of your home; this prevents another infestations. How we treat them: We are trained at finding Carpenter Ant colonies so that we can eliminate them at the source.
Big Headed Ants
Big Headed Ants are an invasive species to Florida and have been spreading throughout the south Florida region. These ants are going to displace many ants native to Florida. This ant species feeds off of both sugars and proteins, inside and outside of homes. Commonly these ants leave mud tubes and dirt inside of homes. Resembling that of subterranean termites. To solve this ant problem in your home, one should restrict access, so keep all foliage off of the roof and house. This ant species is very difficult to get rid of because there are usually multiple colonies across multiple property lines.
Fire ants are found all over the southern United States, but they are very common in Florida. They get their name by their red coloring and their burning sting. This ant lives in colonies of dirt mounds that can be found in the yard, bushes and shrubs. How to prevent them: Keeping a close eye on your yard, trash piles, dead leaves and trash cans. How we treat them: It is important to get a fire ant problem treated especially because they leave welts on the body and a lot of people have an allergic reaction to their sting.
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Caribbean Crazy ants
These ants' trails seems eradicate and they move very fast, but they are actually a very organized colony and they come in the 10 000's. Caribbean crazy ants are golden brown to reddish-brown in color, and are covered with Dense hairs. After feeding their abdomen will appear to be stripped due to the stretching of the light colored membrane that connects the segments of the abdomen. They eat a variety of soid and liquid foods
Acrobat ants have very shiny bodies that are variable in color from light red to brown or black. They have a heart-shaped abdomen that often bends up over their thorax when agitated. They also have a STINGER. They range in size from 1/8 inch - 1/4 inch in length. These ants eat a variety of food, they prefer honeydew from sap-sucking insects. Acrobat ants are the most dominant arboreal ant species on the forest of Northern Florida, and usually build their nest in trees, they are extremely territorial, they are quick to bite and emit a strong odor when disturbed. They only nest in damp and rotting wood using cavities excavated by other insects.
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