Argentine Ant

Big Head Ant

Cone Ant

Crazy Ant

Fire Ant

Harvester Ant

Honey Pot Ant

Leafcutter ant

Rover Ant

Velvet Ant

Leaf Cutter Ant

Description:

Leaf Cutter AntThis ant is a reddish rust color.  The workers measure 1/12” to ½” in length.  They make large volcano-like mounds.

Behavior:

 

Leaf Cutter Ants do what their name states.  They are capable of stripping a small tree or shrub of it’s foliage over night.  Leaf Cutter Ants collect the leaves and take them under ground where they are stored.  The leaves grow a fungus that the ants harvest as food.  They prefer well drained or sandy soil to build their nests that they use for several years.

Leaf Cutter mound Opening

Control:
Leaf Cutter Ants are best controlled with direct insecticide applications to their nesting sites.  Several gallons of material may be needed.

Fun Fact:

Leaf Cutter Ant colonies can extend down to 12 feet underground.