It may be hard to tell one ordinary ant from another, but it’s fairly easy to distinguish a fire ant from all the rest. If you’ve ever unwittingly stepped on a fire ant mound, you have to agree. The biggest difference between fire ants and other types of ants is their extreme aggression.
The most common home invaders in Sarasota are pavement ants, crazy ants, ghost ants and carpenter ants.
Pavement ants are the tiny, brownish-black creatures that you see in sidewalk cracks. In homes, they set up shop inside walls and under floors.
Crazy ants are marked by erratic movements and frequent changes of direction. They look as though they’re not sure where they want to go. They have unusually long legs for their size.
Ghosts ants’ small size and pale, near-translucent bodies make them difficult to spot. They’re only 1 to 1 ½ millimeters in length. If...