How Many Types of Ants Are There?

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There are about 10,000 different species of ants on the planet, and getting rid of ants starts with being able to identify what type of ant is causing a problem. Find out how to identify an ant with help from a certified pest control operator in this... View Video Transcript

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Mark Govan

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Hi friends I'm Mark Govan with ABC Pest Control in Largo, Florida and I have had a question asked to me of how many types of ants are there? Well if you really want to know there is about 10,000 different species of ants on the planet. Now if you took all the ants and all the people and put them on either side of a teeter totter which one do you think is going to weigh more? The ants are. Even though they are so small the sheer numbers of all these ants combined weigh more than all the people there are in the world. It is absolutely amazing how many ant species that we do have. Now these ants once they are inside your home the best thing for you to do is identify what type of ant you are dealing with and control that type of ant. Remember going down to a county extension office and properly identifying that type of an ant or having a pest control professional come out to your home and actually identify those ants they can recommend the proper control for the type of ants you have, that way you are not applying products that may not work on that type of an ant or you can kill the ant much more quicker by getting it properly identified. I'm Mark Govan with ABC Pest Control hoping you identify those ants first and then get a professional to take care of them.