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Types of ants in Coachella Valley
Carpenter ants are wood-destroying insects. They are larger and black-colored, and they have wings. They find soft or rotting wood in your home and work their way in. They are distinctive in that they are the one breed of ant in the Coachella Valley most likely to have a nest in your home. They set up colonies and weaken the wood by cross-threading it with dozens of tiny passageways.
Unlike termites, carpenter ants don’t eat the wood. Rather, they leave it in piles around their nest, which serves as a warning to you that there might be an infestation in your home. Ignore them and you make it possible for them to set up a second colony in another part of your house. If you have rotting trees in your yard or tree stumps, then you might as well put out a sign that says, “Carpenter Ants Welcome.” From there it is a short jump to your house.
Carpenter ants are also different in that you probably need a licensed termite inspector to come in and evaluate the situation.
Red imported fire ant
This ant, also known by the acronym RIFA, is the nasty one. The RIFA recently appeared in Southern California, and in the Coachella Valley, and they are aggressive.
Their sting is much more painful and gets more complicated because the RIFA gives off a pheromone when it attacks so that its buddies know that there is fresh meat out there. There are some reports that people have been stung as much as a thousand times.
The RIFA is also trying to catch up to their friends the Argentine ant in numbers, too. Turns out they are very prolific.
You are more likely to find Argentine ants in city areas. They are small, between a sixteenth of an inch to one-eighth. What they lack in size, they make up for inbreeding capabilities.
They often have many queens in a colony. Since they are from South America, they like water and dampness, so you’ll find their nests in overwatered lawns. Argentine ants don’t sting.
They are also highly organized. They will often find a nearby colony of Argentine ants and join the colonies together. When they get enough colonies, they have what is referred to as a supercolony.
While the Argentine ant is the city ant, the fire ant in the country ant. They own the real estate of the Coachella Valley, from Palm Sprints to out past Indio.
These ants are unpleasant because they sting. There are some cases where the sting of a red ant is worse than a bee sting.
Fire ants prefer dry neighborhoods, which is why you find them in the desert.
Why do I have ants in my home?
How do I get rid of ants?
With the exception of the carpenter ant, the other ants found in the Coachella Valley make their nests outside.
When you see ants in your house, either doing a conga line across the kitchen table or using your butter dish as a slip and slide, what you are seeing is an ant that plays a specific role in the colony. These are scouts that have been sent out to look for a food source for the others to come and carry back to the nest. Even if you kill them, they have already done their job, leaving a pheromone trail that other ants will follow.
In order to get rid of ants, you have to kill the queens in the colony. Because some of these breeds are known to have more than one queen in a colony, you have to kill all of them.
Are all ants harmful?
What happened to those ants that have a bad odor? I remember those as a kid.
Those were odorous house ants. They were prevalent in the Coachella Valley three decades ago, but they succumbed to the invasion of the Argentine ant, which probably made the trip from South America in a shipment of coffee beans.
Even though the odorous house ant was a little larger, the Argentine ant was able to take over their territory by virtue of its considerable breeding capabilities.
How bad is the sting of the Red Imported Fire Ant?
They are painful. As mentioned before, some people have reported that they are worse than a bee sting.
You do have to keep in mind that like a great many insect toxins, there is a small portion of the population that is subject to anaphylactic shock.
If you suffer multiple stings, you might want to consider going to the emergency room.
How can I prevent ants from entering my home?
Ants like plants and soil as their highways when they travel.
Encircling your house with a concrete walkway or a four or five-foot walkway of pea gravel is a good measure. The gravel makes their journey a difficult one, so they’ll go someplace else. If they do decide to cross the concrete, you can easily spot them and possibly find their nest.
Also, there are some poisons that are slow acting. They are designed for the scout ant to bring it back to the colony where it might kill the queen. If you have no queen, then the colony dies.