How To Spot Ant Hills And The Types Of Ants Within

Jan 10, 2018

Identifying the types of ants within your yard space is the first step to removing them from the property. But most homeowners have little experience spotting and identifying ant hills and so our team here at San Antonio-based Family Pest Control will provide their expertise in this latest guide. Here, we’ll take a look at how to spot ant hills and the types of ants within.

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Little Black Ants

Little black ants are among the most common house ants found across America. They will often nestle in woodwork and soil and they feed on vegetables as well as other insects. A little black ant anthill is characterized by very small craters of finely ground soil, no more than two inches in diameter. This is a clear indication there are little black ants in the yard requiring removal.

Fire Ants

Fire ants are a leading concern for homeowners throughout the region. Our local San Antonio ant control experts encounter these pests throughout the year. Their hills usually consist of fluffy soil and appear after significant rainfall. An important element to remember when identifying fire ants is that their hills have no opening in the center. They usually enter and leave the hill area through underground tunnels. In the hot summer months, there may not be any mounds visible because the ants move their queen deeper into the cool soil.

Pavement Ants

These ants are often confused with fire ants since their color and size are similar. However, the pavement ant moves much slower and is not at all aggressive, as is the fire ant. Irregular, small piles of granular soil built up around stepping stones and sidewalks are typical of pavement ant nests.

Leaf Cutter Ants

Leaf Cutter ants are among the most interesting species of ant found in San Antonio. They are large, red ants that can be seen trailing in single-file carrying pieces of chewed off plant leaves over their heads. Their mounds are easy to distinguish due to their sheer numbers of large craters scattered over a large area, measuring from 10 to 1,000 sq. ft. of surface area. The worker ants excavate their nests deep into the ground, sometimes causing structures built over or close to the colonies to collapse or tilt.

By identifying the ants within your home, you can now make a step forward in removing these pests from your property. To learn more, contact our San Antonio ant control experts.


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