How do I identify the type of ant?

Ants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Ants can be black, brown, or red, and range in size from 1/16 inch to ¾ inch. See the specific characteristics below:

  • Acrobat Ants: 1/16 – 1/8 inch long. Typically light brown to black in color and may emit a repulsive odor when alarmed.
  • Argentine Ants: 1/8-1/4 inch long. Brownish in color with one node.
  • Carpenter Ants: ¼ - ¾ inch long. They are black and reddish colored and attracted to nesting in wood.
  • Fire Ants: 1/8 inch, reddish ants with darker colored abdomens.
  • Odorous Ants: 1/8 inch long. Black with one node.
  • Pavement Ants: 1/8 – 3/16 inch long, with brown to black colors.
  • Pharaoh Ants: 1/16 inch and light brown to reddish in color.

Once your problem ant is identified a control solution can be developed.


These insects are quite mobile, and will often move their nest and appear out of nowhere. Each ant species has unique problems associated with an infestation. Some give off a rotten odor when squished, and some will create extensive structural damages to your home if not treated properly.

Ant Infestation

Ant infestations typically occur in high moisture wood or other areas. While most ants will nest outside under rocks or in logs, some will find inside your home more fitting. Ants can gain entry into your home a variety of ways. When approached some ants can be aggressive, bite, or give off a repulsive odor.

Removal Challenge

Attempting to remove ants as an untrained professional can be very difficult. Ants can gain entry into your home a variety of ways. It is best to trust a professional when dealing with an ant infestation.

Why Critter Control

Critter Control of Albuquerque supplies proven methods to get rid of your ant problem and create a long lasting control solution. Call Critter Control of Albuquerque if you are experiencing an infestation with ants.


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