There are several different ant species that often take over a lawn or garden space. These nuisance pests don’t cause as much grief outdoors as they do when you find them marching along through your home. However, you may not love having them in your lawn and garden areas either. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control is here to talk about ants in your lawn and whether or not they are a good thing to have around.
Ant Species Commonly Found in Lawns & Gardens
There are certain ant species that are more commonly found in your lawn and garden than others. Following are some of the most common ones:
– Little Black Ant: The small ants are black and feed on a variety of food sources. They usually found in soil and rotting wood.
– Pavement Ants: These are slow moving ants that are found primarily under foundations and sidewalks. They are brownish black and pretty small averaging 1/12 to ¼ inch long.
– Cornfield Ant: You can usually find these ants in soil or rotting wood. They like to feed off of seeds and are commonly found feeding off corn. When they are smashed, they have an acidic odor.
– Large Yellow Ant: These ants are small and yellow. When you kill them, they smell like lemon verbena. They feed off the roots of plants which is why you find them in grass so often.
Do Ant Infestations Kill Grass?
Most of the time, ants aren’t going to hurt your grass. They are more of a nuisance than anything else. Some ants do feed off the roots of your grass and will cause the turf to loosen, and form small mounds of dirt around the yard. No one wants to be sitting in the grass and have ants crawling all over them though. This is why many people choose to treat for ants when they start finding mounds popping up here and there in their grass.
Ants or Termites
In many cases, ants are mistaken for termites which cause a great deal of structural damage to your home. There are several distinct differences between termites and ants though. Following is what you should look for when figuring out what infestation you have on your hands.
– Ants have elbowed antennae while termites have straight antennae.
– Ants have two sets of wings that are different in size. Termites have two sets of wings equal in size.
– Ants have a pinched waist while termites have a straight body.
– Ants have brownish wings while termites are milky white.
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