Ants live in giant colonies that contain  hundreds, sometimes even thousands, of ants. They can become a real nuisance if you let them settle in. Here are the different types of ants that are commonly found in the Midwest:

Carpenter Ants

DESCRIPTION: 1/4" - 1/2" long | Black in color | Swarming ants will have wings.

ABOUT: Carpenter ants are the most common ants in Nebraska. They nest in wood that has high moisture content or decay fungi, they do not eat the wood. The common sites for a colony is in tree holes, tree stumps, fire wood stacks outdoors, rotting fence posts, or structural wood that has water damage. The nests are Perennial but they may move if needed to. Carpenter ants do create satellite colonies. These are smaller but still have many ants. The queen ant is always located at the primary colony. They eat lots of different types of food such as sweets, eggs, meats, cheese, food grease, dead insects, plant and fruit juices, and honeydew.

Acrobat Ants

DESCRIPTION: 1/8" - 1/4" long | Brown, black and red in color

ABOUT: Acrobat ants can be found under land scape timber, stones, stumps, wood and sometimes nest in a structure. Acrobats eat a verity of foods such as sweets and proteins. They enter though small holes such as crakes around pipes.

Pavement Ants

DESCRIPTION: 1/16" - 1/8" long | Reddish-brown to black in color

ABOUT: Pavement ants enter through cracks in concrete and will have a mound of dirt where they enter. They feed on almost anything like pet food, honey, meats and cheeses. Typically found in sidewalk cracks.

Odorous House Ants

DESCRIPTION: 1/16" - 1/8" long | Brown to black in color

ABOUT: Odorous house ants nest in wall voids and around water pipes around sink areas. Odorous house ants require moisture. They usually prefers sweets but will feed on high protein foods as well.

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