Field Ants

What do field ants look like?

a field ant on a plant outside of a home in la salle illinois

Adult field ants can be yellow, reddish-brown, black, or a combination of colors. They range in size from 1/8 to 3/8 of an inch; workers being smaller than the reproductive members. Field ants have a characteristic segmented body that is unevenly rounded on the upper side. There is also a unique distinct notch halfway or so along the top surface of the thorax. They do not have a stinger, but these ants defend themselves by biting perceived threats and spraying pungent-smelling formic acid that causes a painful burning sensation into the wound.

Where are field ants found?

Field ants are most often found nesting outside; they rarely nest inside Quad City homes and other buildings. They are usually found in yards, fields, wooded areas, and landscaped gardens. Field ants build their nests under stones, cement slabs, logs, and along foundations and sidewalks. They might also build dirt mounds up to 12 inches in diameter that they will nest under.

What do field ants eat?

Field ants mainly feed on other insects and honeydew; honeydew is a sweet substance that is made by plant-eating insects like aphids. If they enter into a home to forage for food, they can be found feeding on sweets, meats, and liquids that they happen across.

DIY field ant prevention and control tips

They best way to prevent problems with field ants inside your home is to seal any openings in the exterior of your house that may allow them access. Seal cracks or crevices in the foundation, caulk gaps found around windows and doors, repair holes found in screens, fill in spaces around utility entrances, and install door sweeps on exterior doors. To help stop field ants from being attracted to your property it can be helpful to make sure that outdoor trash cans have tight-fitting lids on them. Also, be sure to store firewood up off the ground and away from the outside of your house.

Professional field ant control

Contact Quik-Kill Pest Eliminator if your home or business is infested with field ants. Our team of pest control professionals will work diligently to eliminate (not just control) your ant problem. For relief from field ants and other common pests in our region, learn more about our home pest control program that offers protection all year long!

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