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Jacksonville Ants

Nestled just outside the city of Atlanta; Jacksonville, Georgia is home to some of the best weather year round. With the amazing weather, people will be found hanging out in their backyards. At times, there can be one problem with this… Jacksonville will have a host of ants.

What Ants Are found In Jacksonville? 

Jacksonville is home to the Carpenter ant, Little Black ants, Fire ants, Caribbean crazy ants, and the Pharaoh ant. Each ant will look, eat, and act very differently.

What Does A Carpenter Ant Look Like & Eat? 

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Carpenter ants will vary in size, but they will usually be about ¼ inch to ½ inch long. Carpenter ants can be a variety of colors ranging from a tan to black. They will also be an orange or red color, and may also have a combination of black and red.  Carpenter ants will eat other bugs and will eat plant’s juices.

 What Does The Carpenter Ant In Jacksonville Do?

The Carpenter ant will be found in wood that has been buried, or in old rotten logs. By the home they can be found in porch stands, telephone poles, and any other place where wood comes in contact with the ground.  Inside the wood, the Carpenter ant will make tunnels for them to travel throughout, and build their colony up. The colony of a Carpenter ant can hold up to about 2000 workers. The 2000 workers will destroy your wood property. The Carpenter ants will need to be exterminated to save your property.

What Does A Little Black Ant Look Like & What Does It Eat?

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The Little Black ant is one of the smallest ants that Jacksonville will have. It will only grow to be about 1/16 of an inch. That is about the thickness of a dime. The Little Black ant gets it names from its size and how dark the body looks; it is a jet black color. The Little Black ant has a very powerful jaw and will chew its food.  They will eat anything a human leaves out.  When at the beach or the park, these ants will try to invade your picnic.

What Does The Little Black Ant Do With Its Time In Jacksonville? 

Like most of the people in Jacksonville, the Little Black ant will be out day and night. They will be working on the colony, which will be found in small craters in the soil. Inside the colony they will house about 2000 workers. When the workers are out of the colony, enjoying the weather, they will be looking for food to eat.  They are very annoying and will need to be looked at by a professional; to estimate how big of a problem you may have.

What Does The Pharaoh Ant Look Like & Eat In Jacksonville? 

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The Little Black ant has a competitor for being the smallest ant; the Pharaoh ant. The Pharaoh ant can grow to be about 1/16 of an inch. Pharaoh ants will be a reddish orange color, and are very hard to see.  The menu for the Pharaoh ant is a variety of foods: honey, sugar, fruit juices, dead bugs, and anything really sweet. They will also eat silk and rubber.

What Will The Pharaoh Ant’s Colony Look Like?

The tiny Pharaoh ant colony will be infested with several hundreds of thousands of worker ants. The colony will be inside walls of the home, in small cracks in the sidewalk, and where the grass and concrete meet. The Pharaoh ant colony will have a mound that sticks up a couple inches, and will be about 6 inches wide. The Pharaoh ant will infest your home and can become a huge problem. If the problem gets that bad, it is best to call a professional to come take a look at your home.

What Does The Caribbean Crazy Ant Look Like & Eat? 

The Caribbean crazy ant is golden brown to a reddish brown color.  It small body is about 1/16 – 1/8 of an inch long. When not drinking rum, the Caribbean crazy ant will be found eating seeds, live and dead bugs, fruits, and honeydew. You will see a lot of the Caribbean crazy ants after rainfalls because they will need to produce their food supplies.

Where Can The Caribbean Crazy Ant Colonies Be Found? 

Inside homes, the colony of the Caribbean crazy ant will be found underneath floors and carpeting. Outside, the Caribbean crazy ant will be found under objects like stepping stones, swing sets, and bird fountains. The colonies are very shallow and normally only have about 2000 worker ants.  The Caribbean crazy ant does don’t pose a health risk, but if they infested your home they will need to be exterminated.

Ant Control In The Atlanta Area

Bulwark Exterminating
5221 Palmero Court #105
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 904-4141
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Dixie Wildlife Control
893 Church Street
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 424-1300
dixiewildlifecontrol.com 

Critter Patrol
6300 Powers Ferry Road Northwest #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 445-0949
critterpatrol.com

Invasive Ants of America

Ants are some of those bugs we know we can’t get rid of. They always find a way to survive in our backyards. Most ants tend to keep to themselves. They’ll set up camp and go about their daily business. However some ants intrude into unwanted territory and wreak havoc for all of the surrounding bug life. The following ants have established their dominance and continue to invade throughout new locations.

1. Fire Ants

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Red Imported Fire Ants were introduced into the U.S. in the 1930’s through Alabama cargo shipments. They’re originally from Brazil and nearby South American countries. They’re found all throughout the southern United States from California to Florida. These are the ants that you will most likely encounter in your backyard.
Fire ants are a huge problem in the United States. They’re actually much more prevalent and successful in the U.S. than in their native Brazil. When the fire ants were first imported to America, their natural predators were not, thus allowing them to dominate in the U.S. In comparison to other ant species, fire ants are dominant. However, some of the other invasive ant species on this list have been known to put up a strong resistance.

These ants also cause millions in electrical damage. They infiltrate electrical products and chew at the wires causing things like appliances, street lights, power lines, etc to malfunction; creating quite the headache for prey and people alike.

2. Argentine Ants

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Argentine ants are also not American natives, but were accidentally introduced from their native Argentina through the port of New Orleans around 1891. These invaders can be found in southeastern states of the U.S. along with California. Not only did these ants invade the states, but Argentine ants can also be found in South Africa, New Zealand, Japan, Easter Island, Austria, and Europe.

Argentine ants are a phenomenon to scientists for their colonial behavior. Most ants establish small colonies with one queen and many workers, but the Argentine ant establishes what is called a super colony. This super colony has many queens with thousands of workers. A supercolony in Europe is 3,700 miles in length.

Towards other species of ants the Argentine ant is extremely aggressive. It has been known to tussle with the Red Imported Fire Ant and come out victorious. However for every victory, comes a defeat. The Asian Needle ant, which is next on our list of invasive ants, has been known to displace the Argentine ant.

3. Asian Needle Ants

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The Asian Needle ant is a native of China, Japan and Korea, but can now be found on the Atlantic coast of the United States; from Connecticut to Florida. This ant has been around for quite some years, since about the early 1900’s, but has emerged dominant in the recent decade.

The Asian Needle ant is quite powerful. Studies have recently shown it outmatching the super aggressive Argentine ant. The Asian Needle ant seems to have a few advantages on the Argentine ant. While most species of ants hibernate through the winter, Asian Needle ants wake up much sooner than Argentine Ants. This gives them a head start on building up their colony.

4. Crazy Ants

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Crazy Ants have a few different names; from Tawny Crazy Ants to Raspberry Crazy Ants, the common factor is definitely that they’re crazy. These ants are also from South America, more specifically Brazil and Argentina. They have made their presence known in the United States especially in southeast Texas. Crazy ants have been able to displace fire ants, especially in Texas. Unlike other ants, these ants don’t organize single-file, but are much more spread out and run around in a “crazy” manner. These ants will literally invade anything; from boxes to pots and anything with moisture.

Author Bio: Heydi Ruelas is a journalism student and blogger for Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality ant control service. When I’m not playing with my two adorable nieces, I’m on the tennis court chasing that little green ball around.