What Are the Different Types of Ants?

The Alvin Pest Control, LLC Blog

They might not have quite the disgusting reputation that roaches have, but no one wants to walk into their kitchen to find it infested with ants. Finding ants inside usually means you have crumbs, spills and other food messes that have not been properly cleaned. It can also mean that your home is not as secure from the outside as you thought and the ants are able to find a way in.

Regardless of how and why the ants are there, you need to know something about these tiny insects. There are over 700 species of ants in the U.S., so you will not encounter all of them. Here are some of the most common types of ants you might encounter in or around your home.

Pavement Ants

If you notice ant pounds piling up outside around your driveway or sidewalk, you are likely dealing with pavement ants. These tiny insects love to burrow outside around structures, and while they are not dangerous on their own, they are still attracted to food sources and will find their way into your home if given an opportunity.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are one of the more feared ant species one can find inside. As the name implies, carpenter ants burrow into the wood in your structure. While they are often confused with termites, they are not the same. Still, their burrowing can cause massive structural damage if left unchecked or undiscovered. Tell-tale signs of a carpenter ant infestation include piles of wood shavings on the ground and the faint sounds of rustling from inside your walls.

Fire Ants

These red insects are most commonly found in the southeastern United States, although they have been making their way north for many years. These ants are feared due to the incredible pain caused by their bites. Although they typically stay outside, like pavement ants they will come inside if food is available to them.

Odorous Ants

Odorous ants are commonly found indoors. They are harmless, black insects that will not hurt you, but their presence usually indicates a mess. Furthermore, their nests and leavings can be gross and pose a health risk if left untreated. They get their name due to the rotten coconut-like smell they emit when killed, which is a good reason to leave them alone.


If you are dealing with ants in your home or yard or would like to speak to someone about how to prevent this problem before it ever starts, please contact Alvin Pest Control today.