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Ant FAQs


  • How many ant species are found in United States?

    There are around 15,000 ant species and subspecies world wide, with just over 1,300 known from the United States so far. Ants are found in all States and in all terrestrial habitats. Refer to our Common Ant Species page for details of familiar species in the United States.


  • How many ants can I find in a colony?

    Ant colonies can range in size from a dozen or so to many thousands.


  • How big can ants grow?

    Ants vary in length with carpenter ants being among the biggest ants found indoors in the U.S., growing up to 1/2 inch long. Refer to our Common Ants Species Guide.


  • Can ants hurt people?

    Some ants can give painful stings, while the garden ant have swarming characteristics that can contaminate food. Unlike some other pests, ants can sting multiple times.


  • What are the common signs of ants?

    To learn about infestation signs, refer to our page on Ant Infestations.


  • What can I do to get rid of ants?

    While a wide range of do-it-yourself products are available for ants, many times effective ant control requires professional pest control. For further details of what can be done, refer to our page on how to get rid of ants.


  • What steps can I take to prevent ants entering my home or premise?

    Most ants come inside your home or business looking for food. They are attracted to sweet and sticky substances. It is important to clean up any food and liquid spills immediately and to cover any food in storage areas. In addition, to prevent ants entering your home, seal access points such as cracks and crevices in door and window frames. For further details, refer to our page How to Keep Ants Away.