Have you ever been sitting down and felt something crawling on your leg? Fearing it’s a spider you shake your foot only to see a small insect running up and down your skin. Ants, those miniature creatures that you don’t know whether to love or hate them, I mean they’re not scary looking and not all are dangerous, just slightly annoying.
There are more than 12,000 species of ants all around the globe, while Australia is known to have representatives of 10 subfamilies. This may seem unbelievable but ants are incredibly strong and can lift 20 times their own body weight. Most of the time they don’t cause any harm, however can be of a health risk of they come into contact with food.
Even through ants are living breathing creatures, they don’t have any lungs, oxygen is received through the many holes covering their bodies and air departs through that same way.
Ants are very social, living in colonies they can be made up of millions of creatures. That’s usually why you never see an ant by themselves most of the time they’re accompanied by others.
Some of the most famous ants around the world include Argentine Ants, native to Brazil and Argentina; they take a particular interest to sweet foods. These dark brown ants reside in wet areas close to food and enjoying living in backyards full of grass. Ants of these kinds are common household pests and often invade areas where food and water is present.
Carpenter Ants are attracted to wood and can cause major damage to homes. These ants build their nests near damp wood such as near tree stumps. There are many different carpenter ants throughout America and can grow up to two centimetres long.
Odorous house ants, mostly native to the United States are usually brown or black and don’t pose a serious health threat of any kind. The food of choice for these ants is mostly dead insects and sweets loaded with sugar. Odorous house ants prefer to reside in warm areas both inside and outside, such as inside buildings, in floors and walls.