Common Home Nuisance Ants in Chicago
Serving Chicago Illinois, Indiana and Missouri
It can be difficult to determine what specific kind of infestation a home has, but here some general identification markers.
- Known for their destructive capabilities, Camponotus ants build nests in hollow wooden spaces. Although they don’t eat wood like termites, they will continue to excavate wood and expand their network of tunnels, known as galleries. Carpenter ants are some of the longest ants in the world and are generally black in color. They prefer sugar as their main source of food.
- Known for their distinctive “rotten coconut” smell when crushed. Odorous ants commonly invade household spaces during heavy rains and prefer nesting in wall spaces next to a heat source. Odorous ants can be brown or black. They prefer sweets but will also eat any food source available.
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- Identified by the grooves running along their heads and bodies, Tetramorium caespitum can create a serious problem for homes built on slabs. If indoors, they will also nest in walls and floors. Their color can range from dark brown to black, and they prefer to feed on meat and grease.
- Found in almost every part of the world, the highly-adaptive Monomorium pharaonis has been able to survive in a range of climates. Pharaoh ants are highly prolific, and a single colony can infest a large building in less than six months. These yellow or light-brown ants are serious pests, and their preferred food sources range from sugar and food particles to fabrics and even rubber. Pharaoh ants are very small, and can be found in walls, floors, and furniture.
- North America has several species of ants known commonly as “sugar ants”. Formica fusca, Monomorium minimum, and many other species (including carpenter ants and odorous ants) could belong to this broad characterization. The Banded Sugar Ant primarily resides in Australia.