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Ant Migration Paths

Ant Migration Paths

Why do ants come into your home?

The answer is simple. Ants are hungry for food and thirsty for water. They continually search for these life sustaining necessities outside in the landscape but when food and water become scarce ants will make their way inside your home to fulfill the needs of the colony. They enter your home for the water found in the sink traps of your kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room and garage. Ants also feed on food found inside your home. It could be anything from a little juice or soda spilled on the floor or tabletop to a lost jelly bean between the cushions.


Types of Ants in Southern California

Ant Exterior
Ant Interior
Argentine Ant

Argentine Ant - This is a non-stinging ant. The Argentine is small-about 1/8th inch and is a brownish color. It has widely infested urban areas, with multiple colonies in a relatively small area, and each colony containing thousands of workers. Foraging columns of the ants are seen heading out from the colony to seek food and water sources. They are the most persistent and troublesome ant that invades houses-since they are small, they can get in through tiny cracks. They tend and defend aphids and scale, seeking the honeydew, so they foster plant damage by those insects. Argentine Ants live in shallow galleries in the ground-often only a few inches deep. A single colony will have multiple queens, and can grow quite rapidly, displacing other native types of ants. They also rapidly establish other colonies when a queen leaves and takes some of the workers with her. These satellite colonies may eventually return or they may become the mother colony to many new colonies. During the hot summer months, some may even be temporarily established inside homes-under carpets, attic insulation, or in walls and potted plants.

Life Cycle:

The eggs hatch in about two weeks into larvae. The larvae mature into a pupa in about a month, and the pupa stage lasts only 15 days. The whole process of egg to adult can range from as short as 33 days to a maximum of 141 days.

Carpenter ant

Carpenter Ant -This is a non-stinging ant. Carpenter ants are usually ¼ to ½ inch in size, and are one of the larger ants that invade homes. Despite appearances, they do not actually eat the wood, they tunnel through it to create galleries-their homes-and can do considerable damage. They will infest dead trees, telephone poles, and houses but can also be found in lawns. Since they do not actually eat the wood, their food is really other insects, juices, and they have a particular fondness for anything sweet. They are liquid feeders and unable to swallow solid foods, so they chew the solids until it can be swallowed. Adult Carpenter Ants have the ability to bite. Each colony has one queen, who lays only a few eggs that become minor workers, who then go out and forage to feed the queen and the young. A colony may eventually contain over 3,000 workers. When they get into houses, damage can be severe and require extensive repairs.

Life Cycle:

Females lay eggs in chambers of galleries, which hatch into larvae in about 24 days. The larvae mature into pupa in 21 days. Pupa are encased in cocoons, which are commonly called ant eggs. The pupal stage is also 21 days, so the minimum time from egg to adult is 66 days.

Harvester Ant

Harvester Ant - This is a stinging ant. The California variety of the Harvester Ant is quite large (1/4th inch) and red colored. It is also known for its ability to sting. Nests are found underground with a small mound at the opening, which is littered with leftover food debris. No live vegetation is found anywhere around the opening of the nest. They generally seek seeds as a main source of food. During the winter, the nest is sealed off and no activity is seen.

These ants have actually been able to kill small pigs by their sudden and vicious attacks. Harvester Ants will go after people and just about any small animal that gets too close to their nest. A few types will leave the stinger in their victim just as bees do, but most do not.

Life Cycle:

Swarming occurs several times each year, starting in June and July but most prominently during August and September. The winged ants emerge in large numbers, but most will not survive. The male dies right after mating, and the female starts a new underground colony. Colonies may last for quite a number of years, and can contain thousands of ants. The colony becomes less active in temperatures over 120 degrees and during the rainy season.

Little Black Ant

Little Black Ant - This is a stinging ant. This very small ant, about 1/16th inch, is colored dark brown to black. They build nests underground, under tree bark, beneath rocks, and can even infest woodwork in buildings. They will nest both indoors and outdoors, often in decaying wood. They will also build nests in lawns and vacant lots. Their favorite food is insect honeydew, but in houses they will go after just about anything-grease, sweets, meat, fruits, and vegetables. They will even eat other insects, both dead and alive.

Life Cycle:

Little Black Ants will swarm in the summer, reproducing and forming new colonies. Each colony can grow quite large and eventually contain multiple queens.

Odorous House Ant

Odorous House Ant - This is a non-stinging ant. The Odorous House Ant is another small ant, workers being only about 1/8th inch, and colored dark brown to black. They get their name from the rotten coconut-like odor that they produce when crushed. They routinely invade houses searching for food during the winter, when their usual food-honeydew-has been washed off plants by the rain. Like the Argentine, colonies contain multiple queens and a few thousand worker ants. They nest under stones, pavement, boards-just about anywhere, and will establish inside of houses, also. When outside, the colony will be shallow, only a few inches deep. There will be many foraging trails exiting the colony, seeking to find sweets, their favorite food.

Life Cycle:

Females lay only one egg per day, which mature into larvae in 2-3 weeks. They remain as larvae from 2-4 weeks, and then enter a pre-pupal stage for 2-3 days. The pupal stage lasts an average of two weeks before they become adults. Several generations can develop each year, and the females may live for several years. Males only last a few days after emergence.

Pharoah Ant

Pharaoh Ant - This is a stinging ant. Pharaoh Ants are often mistaken for the Argentine and Thief ant-they are slightly smaller, less than 1/16th inch, and are a yellowish to brownish color. The also have a stinger, even though it is very small and not effective, which the Argentine Ant lacks. This ant will nest inside buildings, trying to find a location near food, but is only found in a few locations in California. It will eat just about anything that people eat-especially fatty, greasy foods, meat, and sweets. It is also a predator to many insects, and will spread bacteria. The unusual name comes from its original habitat in Egypt. The Pharaoh Ant seeks to establish nests in warm and inaccessible locations. A colony contains many queens and can have hundreds of thousands of workers!

Life Cycle:

Eggs incubate for a little over a week, and go through a larval stage of about three weeks. This ant has a pre-pupal stage of three days, and the pupal stage lasts 9-10 days before becoming an adult. The whole egg to adult process can be as little as 38 days under optimum conditions.

Red Imported Fire Ant

Red Imprted Fire Ant - This is a stinging ant. Fire Ants have caused destruction throughout the Southeastern portion of the United States, and two species have crept into Southern California. It is a very aggressive ant, and they may destroy other species of ant colonies in the area. Fire Ants can cause a severe sting, even being fatal when large numbers of the ants attack. They get their name from the severe reaction caused by their stings-it feels like fire! Some people are quite allergic to the stings. The Imported Fire Ant is quite infamous, and in some areas is quite a problem. The workers are usually the most noticed, and are 1/4th inch in size. They can be colored from reddish to almost black. They live inside large mounds in fields, woodlands, and open space areas. Fire ants will eat insects, seeds, fruits, meats, vegetables, flowers, and honeydew-just about anything organic can become their food. The colony has a prominent queen who mates and lays eggs. She alone tends the eggs and larvae of the first generation, and then the first generation females will take over the care of later eggs, larvae, and even the queen. Worker females build the nest, excavating large amounts of dirt which forms the mound. Occasionally a nest will be built in a rotting log or under a rock. Imported Fire Ants can do major damage to new crops, and also are quite capable of inflicting painful stings and bites. They are very hostile to other ants.

The Red Imported Fire Ant is a relative newcomer to California. Governmental efforts to control this type of Fire Ant have been fairly successful, however. They are very reddish in color, although there is a minor variety that is black. This is the type that builds large earthen mounds, growing to 20-30 colonies per acre. The mound is usually about a foot high, but some have been reported which have reached eight feet in height. A mound will contain between 30,000 and 100,000 workers. It is very aggressive and likes to sting both humans and animals-over 1 million people are stung each year by Red Imported Fire Ants in the Southeastern United States. The Red Imported Fire Ant will feed on plants, including tree bark, and can be very destructive. They will also feed on other insects, eggs and young birds in ground nests.

Life Cycle:

Eggs develop in 7-10 days, larvae in 6-12 days, and pupa in 9-16 days. The egg to adult life cycle ranges from 22-38 days, a very quickly developing ant! Minor workers live from one to two months, while major workers can live up to six months.

Southern Fire Ant

Southern Fire Ant - This is a stinging ant. The Southern Fire Ant is widespread throughout the lower altitudes of Southern California. The Southern Fire Ant is generally a little smaller than the Imported Fire Ant, but can also cause significant damage and inflict a painful sting. They get their name from the "fiery" stings they can impart. The workers are fairly slow moving, and the nest is very sensitive to vibrations-so if a footstep is detected close by the ants will swarm out to attack. They are up to 1/4th inch long, and have a reddish brown or black color. They also build mounds, with the nests located under objects-stones, boards, or anything on the ground that provides cover. They will also get into the wood or masonry of a house, and can build mounds like the Red Imported Fire Ant.

The Southern Fire Ant can also be a problem to crops. It will eat just about anything-favorite foods include fatty or oily substances, and they are known to kill young or newborn birds and poultry. It is even widely reported that they have eaten the rubber insulation off electrical wiring, causing shorts in wiring.

Life Cycle:

Thief Ant

Thief Ant - This is a stinging ant. Thief Ants are tiny-only about 1/16th of an inch, and are a pale brownish color. Their size makes it easy for them to get into houses in search of food and water. They love meats, cheeses, and grease-foods that are rich in fats or proteins. They will also eat dead insects. The nests are in galleries in dirt, and they often build near another ant colony-raiding it to steal food. This is how they got their name! The Thief Ant will also build inside houses-in walls, cupboards, cracks and crevices. They can host diseases and tapeworms as an additional problem for human food. A colony may contain from a few hundred to a few thousand ants.

Life Cycle:

Queens lay about 100 eggs, which incubate for 16-28 days. The larval stage varies greatly with temperature, developing in as little as three weeks. This ant also has a pre-pupal stage of 2-11 days, and the pupal stage itself ranges from 13-27 days.

Velvety Tree Ant

Vevety Tree Ant - This is a stinging ant. As its name suggests, this ant will nest in trees, especially those found alongside streams and creeks. They range in size from 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch. These ants are found in the foothill and mountain areas. Workers commonly tend to aphids, collecting the honeydew secretion. They will range several hundred feet from the nest, and can invade homes. They will also bring dead insects and other foods back to the nest. Velvety Tree Ants can bite, and they inject a poison into the wound.

Life Cycle

Velvety Tree Ants can form huge colonies not only in trees, but also in old stumps, and underground. The colony will have a single queen and thousands of workers. Swarming normally occurs in May, but a late summer swarm may also happen. The winged reproductives will fly off to start a new colony.

More Ant Species - View more information about other Ant species found in Southern California.


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