Worldwide, there are more than twelve thousand species of ants known to man. Locally, we encounter just a few types of these ants. The climate you live in can predict what type of ant species you have in your neighborhood. The most common are the Odorous house ants, Pavement ants, and Carpenter ants. Since many ant species exhibit similar behavior, inexperienced exterminators may treat them in a similar fashion. Out of all the types of species, Carpenter ants should be surveilled as they are known to cause almost as much damage as termites.