Ants are among the most prevalent pests in found in structures.  They are found in homes, offices, warehouses, school rooms, and other buildings where they can find food and water. Often times, ants are nesting in indoor plants, where they have a continuous supply of water.  

In California, there are about 200 species of ants.  The most common ant occurring in and around the house and garden in California is the Argentine Ant.  Other common ant pests include the Pharoah Ant, the Odorous House Ant, and the Fire Ant.  

Less common, but of great importance, is the Red Imported Fire Ant, which has recently gained a foothold in southern California. In some areas, the spread of the Fire Ant has been slowed by competition from the Argentine Ant. The Fire Ant attacks its enemies in large numbers and has a painful bite.  

Carpenter Ants also invade buildings in California. Although they do not eat wood as termites do, they hollow it out to nest and may cause considerable damage.  Often times they nest in outdoor woodpiles, decaying wood, or fallen trees and will invade homes in the night.  

Argentine Ants

This is the most common structure-infesting ant in Southern California.  They are, without a doubt, the most persistent and troublesome ant in our environment.  They are aggressive and will ban together with other nests of Argentine Ants to drive out other ant species in their area.  Entomologists at the UC Riverside, have said that the huge colonies are actually just one super colony covering all of Southern California. That is because, unlike other ants, Argentine Ants readily accept each other, from colony to colony.  They are small, approximately an eighth of an inch long. They are light brown to shiny black and are often seen actively traveling in trails in large numbers.

ant2They nest in damp soil, under sidewalks, landscape bark, cracks of walkways, in landscape, and even in trees.  Argentine ants develop huge colonies with trails going back and forth searching for food and water.  They are particularly fond of sweets. When a scout finds a food source, it returns to the colony and returns with an army of ants, that can be in the thousands.  These ants gain access through the most minute cracks and openings and will travel up trees and shrubbery, even telephone wires to enter a building.  

Argentine Ant Control

Our staff is fully trained in controlling the Argentine Ant.  We provide maintenance programs to meet your needs.  Additionally, we have developed an innovative program to treat the interior and exterior of your residence or structure that has proven its effectiveness over and over.

Red Imported Fire Ant  

Although the Red Imported Fire Ant is new to California, it is common in our 12 southern states.   It has recently been found infesting numerous residential and commercial areas in Southern California and San Diego counties. The spread of these ants has largely been a result of the movement of infested soil to uninfested areas.

Red Imported Fire AntRed Imported Fire Ant workers vary in size from 1/16 to 1/5 of an inch long and dark reddish brown. The Red Imported Fire Ant can quickly produce many nests and colonize a yard.  While there are several physical characteristics that distinguish Red Imported Fire Ant from other common ant species found in California, one way to recognize this pest is to observe its aggressive behavior when its nest or food source is disturbed or to experience its painful bite and sting.

ant5The Red Imported Fire Ant nests have dome shaped mounds that are about 18 inches across and about 8 to 12 inches tall with small holes in it.  This ant likes to build nests in open, sunlit, grassy areas that are typically irrigated. They will readily run up and attack any object that touches their mound, whereas the other species are much less aggressive. Because Red Imported Fire Ants often build their nests in turf grass areas in California, frequently the mounds have been mowed and are nearly flat, appearing as soft, loose dirt that obscures the grass and looks like a bald spot in the turf.  
In some instances red imported fire ants do not build mounds but nest in places such as rotten logs, walls of buildings, or under sidewalks.

Red Imported Fire Ant Control

If you suspect you have a Red Imported Fire Ant nest, call American Pest Control right away.  This ant is highly aggressive and can produce many other nests in a short period of time.  Control must be made as soon as possible.  Our staff will treat this colony very aggressively for your safety.  

Other Ant Species

American Pest Control is a full service pest and termite control company.  Although there are over 200 ant species in California, we have only mentioned two ant species, the most common is the Argentine Ant; and the most aggressive and dangerous Red Imported Fire Ant.  Contact our office for other ant infestations.

Contact American Pest Control at 619-735-7563 or use our email form and contact us today!

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