When we talk about ants around here, we often say how there are many different types of ants and that colonies are large. But perhaps we have been underestimating the real facts about these tiny insects. Scientists estimate that there are about 1 million billion ants around the world, that is 10 quadrillion! It’s hard to even fathom those numbers. But how about this, the total weight of ants on Earth is more than the total weight of humans on Earth! Right here in the Upper Midwest including Minneapolis and Duluth, MN; Lincoln and Omaha, NE; and throughout the Quad City region, there are over 150 different species of ants. But just a few of them are ants our professional exterminators treat for. For the sake of time, we’ll just focus on the ones that we find infesting homes and properties in the area: Turfgrass Ants - Most commonly found building nests underground on lawns and along the side of the road. You can find a donut-sized anthill at the entrance of their colony. Thief Ants - You can tell there’s something mischievous about thief ants from their name. They are known to steal and eat eggs and larvae from other kinds of ants. If they find their way into your home, they will try to find food to steal as well. Pavement Ants - The ants we most commonly find on our sidewalks and driveways. They form nests in and under cracks in the pavement and leave those annoying piles of sand all over the property. Carpenter Ants - Perhaps the worst of all the ants in the Upper Midwest. Carpenter ants carve tunnels in wood to nest which leaves damage comparable to that of termites. They are quite active so you may see them or the piles of sawdust they leave behind when excavating in wood. One thing that tends to bring out even more carpenter ant activity is stormy weather, which we have had across the Upper Midwest this spring. Homes that have damages from storms are easier to access. Things like torn screens or branches laying on the property are ways to attract both nuisance ants and carpenter ants to your home. So, what can you do for ant control in Minneapolis and the Upper Midwest? Well, you could find some Pileated woodpeckers to have as a pet because they eat pounds of carpenter ants every year. But if you don’t want to invest in a woodpecker as a family pet, then just call us at Plunkett’s and we will solve the ant problem for you! Contact us today for more information on our home pest control for ants and other pests!