When we see ants in our homes, it always puts us on alert. Knowing what type of ant helps determine the actions required to let the visitors know they are not welcome. This article will discuss the differences between carpenter ants, odorous ants, pavement ants, rover ants, and crazy ants.  

Carpenter Ants 

Do you hear rustling sounds in your walls? Do you have small, winged creatures flying in and out? Then you most likely have Carpenter Ants. They do not eat wood as commonly understood, but they create holes and barrows in wood for nests that can threaten your infrastructure if not addressed quickly. 


Size: ¼-½ of an inch.

Color: Most commonly black. 

Unique structures: Has wings.

Found in: Wood in the house with holes and barrows. Nests are in trees or wood near dwellings. 

Signs inside: Fragments of wood or sawdust around the house.

For more information on how to say goodby to these pests, you can visit our page about carpenter ants.

Odorous House Ants 

As the name may indicate, these are stinking intruders. Odorous ants have similar characteristics to sugar ants, but they are typically smaller, and their smell is the most identifying difference. Many notice the common house ants smell when crushed. Treehugger states the scent is similar to blue cheese or rotten coconut. They are seen on rainy days searching for somewhere dry and something sweet to eat. 


Size: Small in size.

Color: Dark brown or black. 

Found in: Cupboards or where sweets are stored. More commonly found in homes on rainy days. Nests are in bushes or trees near houses. 

Signs inside: Marching in lines.

Pavement Ants 

Pavement ants, like many others, love their sweets and dry, warm spaces on cold rainy days. These ants are not as innocent as they may seem. If you find pavement ants in your home, you may find as many living as you see dead. Pavements ant colonies will fight to the death for their territories. 


Size: Small. 

Color: Dark brown or black.

Found in: Homes on rainy days, around sweets and greasy foods, and in basements. The Nests are on sidewalks and under rocks. 

Signs: Clusters of dead ants found. 

Rover Ants 

A rover ants size makes it ideal for stealing sweets and crumbs off your plate without your notice. Their size may make it hard to get the more oversized ticket items off your counter, but their strength is in numbers, and they work together. You will find these intruders in swarms inside containers or on tables with left-out food. 


Size: ⅙ of an inch.

Color: Range from brown to blonde. 

Found in: Groups and numbers. 

Signs inside: Clusters of ants on table or kitchen counter. 

Crazy Ants 

Unlike traditional ant uniforms, you will find crazy ants in irregular patterns throughout your house. They are found in the south, nesting among wires and electronics for installation. Nests can grow in numbers of thousands. 


Size: ⅛ of an inch.  

Color: Red and brown.

Found In: Sugar, wires, and circuit boards.

Signs: Ants in walls or wires. 

If you suspect you have any of these ants or other kinds in your home, please contact us for a free inspection.