Black Ants vs Fire Ants
Although they are both ants, fire ants and black ants have many differences. It’s important to know the differences between the two ants, as black ants are fairly docile, whereas fire ants pack an aggressive, painful bite. Read on for a few of the biggest differences between the two ant types.
Black ants like to live indoors and will infest anywhere from cracks in the walls to decaying wood. Store food away in closed containers and in pantries or other shut-away spaces to keep black ants from infesting your home.
Black ants come in a variety of shapes and sizes. One of the most common black ants is the carpenter ant — a fairly large ant. Some variations of the carpenter ant, like “swarmers,” have wings.
Black ants, being omnivorous, will eat almost anything. This includes fruit, meat, and other dead insects.
While black ants are more prevalent, they are more of a nuisance than a threat. The common black carpenter ant spends most of its time scavenging food for their colony and is less interested in biting you. However, they will bite if they need to defend themselves, and the bite will hurt. If ants are invading your home, you can call an exterminator or make your own homemade ant killer.
Fire ants prefer to live in wide-open areas that are well-lit, like fields. A fire ant’s mound is easy to spot, being up to 2 feet around and 18 inches high in the shape of a dome. Because it’s hard to see which type of fire ants the mound belongs to, avoid the area and contact a government pest control facility if there’s one on your property.
They are two varieties of fire ants, or red ants, in the U.S. There are Southern fire ants and red imported fire ants.
Like black ants, fire ants are also omnivorous. These ants will also eat plants, animals, and other dead insects. However, because they prefer a home outside, you don’t have to worry about these insects infesting your food.
Due to their aggressive behavior, the red imported fire ant is a target of the United States Department of Agriculture. Stings from red fire ants are extremely painful, and they will keep stinging if they continue to be disturbed.
However, most fire ants are not the red imported variety, rather they are the Southern variety that are not as harmful.