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The red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) are well known to Texans. This is a small reddish brown ant that was likely brought to the United States in the 1930s through ships. In a colony you will find a queen, winged males, and workers. The ant is known for its sting, the stinger is located on the abdomen and produces a burning sensation giving the ant the name of "Fire Ant." The fire ant is found all across Texas but especially in our area, Southeast Texas.
The carpenter ants (Camponotus), are a larger ant that excavates smooth holes in wood. The wood damage can cause some people to think they have termites, but the holes from the ants are smooth and clean while damage from termites will contain some dirt. The carpenter ant is 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch in size with the winged female being larger than the worker ant. While the carpenter ant will nest in both dry and moist wood, it does prefer the wood to be moist, that is why they are often found near pipes and poorly sealed windows. They are best eliminated by finding the nest and killing them there.
The tawny crazy ant (Nylanderia fulva) is a new species to Texas, they were first found near Houston in 2002. The tawny crazy can be found in the millions crawling in every direction. They nest under debris and large object such as rocks and logs. They do not have stingers and don't normally bite but does possess ability to bite but that only cause a small about of quickly fading pain. Besides the nuisance of having your yard be the home to millions of ants that crawl rapidly everywhere, they can also cause damage. Large amounts of ants can get into electrical equipment causing short circuiting and clogging resulting in equipment failure. The ant is very invasive and has actually in some areas pushed fire ants out of their environment, some residents who have experience this prefer the fire ants. A distinct characteristic of this ant is they stack their dead and will walk over the bodies. Cultural control, like ensuring nothing is laying on the ground that is not necessary and then call a pest control professional.