Roaches. Mice. Both of these names can bring fear into the hearts of homeowners all over the world. Both are pesky pests that can ruin portions of your house or apartment. Now go ahead and add ants to the list of pests that can cause you some serious rounds of headaches and damage to your home. There are over 12,000 different kinds of ants, with some posing a serious threat to your home's well being, such as the odious house ant and the ruinous carpenter ant.