Argentine Ant

Big Head Ant

Cone Ant

Crazy Ant

Fire Ant

Harvester Ant

Honey Pot Ant

Leafcutter ant

Rover Ant

Velvet Ant

Harvester Ant

Harvester AntDescription:

This ant is red-orange or black and carries its abdomen high in the air when running.  They are typically 3/8 inch in length.

Behavior:

Harvester Ants gather seeds as their primary food source. They generally clear large spherical areas completely free of any plants or debris around their nest entrance.  These ants will aggressively protect their colonies by biting and stinging.

Control:

Reduce available water sources such as leaking pipes and irrigation.  These ants are also discouraged by gravel or rocks covering the dirt.  The use of special ant baits and direct insecticide applications are the most successful methods of control.

Harvester Ant Opening

Fun Fact:

Harvester Ants swarm in the summer to find mates and spawn new colonies.  The swarms will usually gather around a high point such as a chimney, tall trees, or towers.  This is called “hill-topping.”