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What are ants?

Ants are insects that live in large numbers across the world and are especially prevalent in tropical rainforests. While most of the 10,000 species live outside and away from people, some ant species enjoy the benefits of living near humans. As social insects, ants live and work together in large groups, continually searching for food and suitable nesting sites. An ant colony works together like a well-oiled machine, with each ant meeting a specific need.

The job of each ant is important and helps an ant colony succeed. Queens and males are responsible for creating new offspring. Workers are sterile females who take on the rest of the colony's responsibilities like gathering food, defending the nest, maintaining the nest, and caring for the young ants.

We identify an ant by its bent antennae, segmented body, large head, narrow waist, and six legs. Each species of ant will have unique characteristics that help to identify them from other ants.

In our area of South Carolina, some of the most common ants that invade our properties include:

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Are ants dangerous?

Most of the ants that we come across and that regularly invade our homes and yards don't pose any significant danger to us and are mainly a nuisance to deal with. They infiltrate our homes in large numbers and contaminate our food, so while they certainly aren't welcome, they aren't a significant threat either.

However, some ants living in South Carolina do pose more of a threat to people or our property. For instance, fire ants are dangerous to people and our pets; these ants have venom-filled stingers and will use them to defend themselves or the nest from anything they view as a threat. Their short tempers mean that just simply walking past their nest could trigger an attack. They also get into and damage electrical and farm equipment.

Carpenter ants that have moved into a home and decide to stay and expand their colony will create tunnels and nesting galleries within a home's structural wood and, over time, cause significant damage to a building's structure.

Pharaoh ants are a serious problem inside of healthcare facilities. They nest within walls near warm, moist areas, and their high moisture needs prompt them to invade patient wounds, eyes, and mouths seeking moisture. Whether they have decided to live in a health care facility or a home, Pharaoh ants are responsible for spreading diseases (salmonella, staphylococcus, and clostridium) that can make people quite ill.

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