Common Ants in El Paso, TX & Surrounding Areas
Acrobat Ants, Carpenter Ants, Field Ant, Fire Ant, Harvester Ant, Black Ant, Odorous
House Ant, Pavement Ant, Pharaoh Ant
Identification: Field Ant
Swarm: These ants can become a nuisance in late summer into fall when the winged ants swarm out of their colonies.
Other: Tendency to bite when disturbed and infect wounds with formic acid which can make bites painful.
Field Ant Habitat
Field ants leave behind telltale mounds in open areas like lawns or meadows where they have made their nests. These mounds are typically made up of plant materials, such as grass, twigs, leaves and pine needles. Field ants often nest around small trees, shrubs, rocks or fences. Other field ant species will build their nests in the cracks of sidewalks, along foundation walls, or at the base of trees.
Field Ant Behaviors & Threats
In general, field ants pose a greater threat to landscaping than human health. At their largest, field ant mounds can be up to two feet tall and up to three to four feet wide. Large nests can impact grass growth and landscaping. Although relatively docile, field ants will in fact bite if bothered. Their bite is typically painful, with some species spraying formic acid into the wound when they bite. While painful at first, the sensation will subside, and their bites do not have any long-term consequences.
Field Ant Diet
While they do not nest in homes, you may still find field ants in the house. They may enter households and structures when swarming or searching for food, particularly sweets. Field ants primarily feed on honeydew, a substance from plant-sucking insects such as aphids, mealy-bugs, and scale insects found on trees and shrubs. Some field ant species are scavengers and are attracted to meats.
Field Ant Treatment & Prevention
Prevention practices include storing firewood at least 15 feet away from the house, avoiding having any mulch placed right up against the foundation of the home, and keeping shrubbery well-trimmed. Additionally, homeowners should always be sure to close exterior doors tightly and replace any damaged or missing weather stripping.
If an infestation is suspected and you need to know how to get rid of field ants, it’s always best to call Delta Pest Control & Lawn Service, who can assess the situation and recommend a method of field ant extermination. Because field ants often avoid entering houses, low-level populations do not need to be treated. However, a thorough professional inspection by Delta Pest Control & Lawn Service is necessary if field ants become a problem in the yard. In order to completely remove a field ant mound, the Queen of the colony must be removed.