If ants were considered outlaws and there were wanted posters posted throughout the state of Missouri, which ant species do you think would be on those posters? Can you name the all of the ant species that drive humans crazy? Can you name one? Of course, you can. We all know of at least one. Perhaps you've even had a few run-ins with these outlaws.
There are a lot of ants in Missouri. And, there are a lot of ant species. But the ones that give home and business owners the most trouble are the following.
These sound like ants that would be outlaws. What band of outlaws wouldn't want someone with acrobatic skills? But, acrobat ants don't do flips or cartwheels. They get their name from the fact that they can hold their abdomen up over their head in sort of a balancing act. These ants can be found invading homes all across the United States, including Missouri.
The least outlaw sounding ant on our list is the pharaoh ant. It sounds more like Egyptian royalty. But, they are the exact opposite of royalty. These dumpster divers are the ants most likely to spread disease pathogens in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
Every band of outlaws needs to have that one stinky guy. The odorous house ant fits the bill perfectly. These ants are going to make quite a stink if you step on them, and often, you can't help but step on them.
If these ants were outlaws, they would be the one waiting in a field for a coach to come by. But, they don't always wait in fields and meadows. These ants can get into man-made structures in their search for food.
The carpenter ant may sound like an ant that can fix things, but this ant species doesn't fix anything. Of all the ants that can invade your home or business, this ant is the most destructive. Carpenter ants will tunnel through the wood in your home in order to create a home for themselves. The damage can have significant impact on the structural integrity of your home if left untreated.
For this pest ant, its name speaks for itself. These ants build colonies under pavement, in sidewalks, and under concrete slabs. This often brings them into homes through basement walls.
In a band of outlaws, it is the outlaw with the name "tiny" or "little" that you have to worry about most. In this instance, the reason for that is because small honey ants are the most tolerant of colder weather, meaning they can be seen year round digging into your snacks.
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