Can an ant infestation be a cause of concern? Well, black or garden ants don't bite or host disease. However, ants entering your home may have trekked through dirty places and could contaminate any uncovered food. This is thought to be true since they can carry bacteria and might transfer them to food or an exposed injury.
Ants are small insects, with measurements ranging from 1-30mm long, and usually live in a colony with at least one breeding queen. All ants have bent antennas and chewing mouthparts, but only fertile adults have wings.
Ants live in colonies where one or a few females, called queens, lay all the eggs. Most of the queens' offspring grow up to be worker ants that do not reproduce. A select few are males, while some become new queens. A queen ant can lay thousands of eggs each year.
The lifespan of ants depends on the role. Males are here for just a few weeks and die after mating. Females generally live for several months. Queens are known to live for decades if circumstances allow it. Odorous house ant workers tend to live around two to three years, while fire ant workers live only around five weeks.
Ants are busy yearly in tropical areas. In cooler climates, they maintain during cold weather by going into diapause. You can discover ants Inside a home nesting behind baseboards, moldings, and countertops, even inside walls. Ants are really drawn to the scent of sugar and grease, but eat a large range of foods, from engine oil to other ant species. Widely held, ant species are omnivorous and eat seeds, nectar, and other creatures lacking a back bone. Types of ants: Acrobat ant, Allegheny Ant, Argentine Ant, Big-Headed Ant, Carpenter Ant, Citronella Ant, Crazy Ant, Field Ant, Fire Ant, Ghost Ant, Harvester Ant, Little Black Ant, Moisture Ant, Odorous House Ant, Pavement Ant, Pharaoh Ant, Texas Leaf Cutter Ant, Thief Ant, Velvety Tree Ant, and White Footed Ant Common ants in North Texas: • Odorous house ants are dark brown or black bodies with one node on their petiole, an unevenly shaped thorax when seen from the side, and smell like unpleasant coconut when smashed.
• Carpenter ants, better known as "workers" are black, or red and black and vary in size from 3/8 to ½ inch. Queen ants can grow to one inch. They infest and damage wooden buildings and structures.
• Fire ants are medium-sized red and black and build mounds out of soft soil. They do pack a mean bite that’s similar to a bee sting. In addition, their bite can be fatal to individuals who are allergic.