get their common name from their ability to inflict painful
stings. They were imported from central Brazil in a boatload
of agricultural products into Mobile Alabama. From there
they have spread throughout the Southern United States. Fire
ants are typically ground nesting ants, however they have
been known to nest in the wood or masonry of buildings.
Fire ants are attracted to electricity. They have been found
nesting in air conditioners, junction boxes for traffic
signals and outdoor electrical outlets. These ants should be
taken seriously because their venom can be hazardous to some
Carpenter ants get
their name from their habit of hollowing out wood for
nesting purposes. Most carpenter ants establish their nest
in decayed wood and later expand into the sound wood. The
only external indication of infestation other than the
presence of workers is the appearance of small openings on
the surface of the wood. Through these holes, the workers
expel debris which consists of sawdust – like shavings. The
presence of this debris is a good indication of an
Pharaoh ants received their name because they were
one of the plagues of Egypt during the time of the Pharaohs.
Their colonies tend to be very large, containing several
hundred reproductive females. Liquid insecticides are not
recommended as it may trigger colony "budding" or the
creation of additional colonies as a self defense measure.
Nests are usually located in inaccessible areas such as wall
voids, behind baseboards, under floors and between linens.
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