Harvester Ants

Identification

  • Colour Red, black, or brown
  • Size From 4.5 mm to 13 mm long
  • Description Harvester ants have a fringe of hairs lining the underside of the surface of the head.

General Facts

Why do I have harvester ants?

Harvester ants build nests in the soil and prefer to live in open areas, such as plains, lawns, and playgrounds. They feed on gathered seeds and also eat other small insects and arthropods, dead or alive. They rarely enter human homes, preferring to take up residence in gardens.

How worried should I be about harvester ants?

Harvester ants have a painful sting that may lead to anaphylactic reactions in both humans with known allergies and animals that come into contact with nests.

These pests can damage crops and affect land used for grazing animals. When building their nests, they severely strip away vegetation, which can contribute to soil erosion. Harvester ant nests located near roadways have also been known to cause potholes.

Controlling harvester ant infestations yourself may prove difficult due their stings and to the potentially large size of the colony. Some species have been known to build mounds as large as a metre high and five metres across.

Selective treatment of exterior sites with appropriate insecticide may help keep harvester ants from building nests in your yard, but to be sure of protecting your family from stings and your crops from damage, you may need a professional pest control service.

How can I prevent harvester ants invading?

Seal cracks and crevices around the home, Repair any broken window and door screens, Keep vegetation and mulch away from your foundation

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