Big-headed ants get their name from their disproportionately large head in relation to their overall body size. Originally from Africa, these ants are an invasive species in the United States. They are relatively larger compared to other ant species. Big-headed ants are reddish-brown in color and 3 to 6 millimeters in length. These ants eat insects and honeydew produced from aphids.
Why Do I Have Them?
Big-headed ants prefer damp environments and are often found outdoors underneath logs and mulch. They are known to invade houses foraging for food. However, they do not usually prefer to nest inside of homes. Big-headed ants are found in Florida and the other Gulf Coast States.
Why Should I Be Concerned?
Big-headed ants are problematic when they invade your home and property. When foraging for food, these ants will contaminate sweets and grains found within kitchen pantries. Since big-headed ant nests have multiple queens, these ants breed rapidly and create huge colonies, leading to large ant infestations. These ants are also known to feed on houseplants causing them to wilt.
Treatment & Control
How Do I Get Rid of Big Headed Ants?
Getting rid of big-headed ants can be difficult because of their massive colonies. Repairing water leaks, trimming back vegetation around the home, and proper food storage will help prevent big-headed ants. If ants have already invaded your home, the most effective way to get rid of an ant infestation is to contact a pest control professional. At Advanced Wildlife and Pest Control, we offer effective pest services that will get rid of your ant problem.