All About Ants

There are more than 12,000 species of ants living on Earth, and all of them possess the capability to bite. However, only some of them can sting and cause allergic reactions in humans, and only a few are likely to bite you when you encounter them. Learn which ants will attack when they feel threatened to help determine the severity of the ant problem at your home or business. Once you've determined that you need to treat the problem, take a look at our ant control services and other pest control services for both commercial and residential properties.

Which Ants Bite and Sting

  • Red Imported Fire Ants - These ants are "imported" because they're originally native to South America and have since made their way to the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and multiple Caribbean and Asian countries. These ants are incredibly resilient and can thrive in many types of habitats. You can identify a red fire ant nest by searching for mounds that are about 2 to 4 square feet in size and have an irregular, flattened shape. If you disturb their nest, you can expect to receive several nasty bites from multiple fire ants. These are among some of the most painful bites you can receive from any ant.
  • Harvester Ants - If you live at a high elevation and have a home built on sandy soil, there is a good chance you could have harvester ants. While these large ants don't generally invade homes, they do build large mounds in wide open lawns. While not as aggressive as fire ants, harvester ants can also deliver a painful sting and can elicit severe allergic reactions in humans. Their mounds are also detrimental to any well-manicured lawn.
  • Acrobat Ants - These ants get their name from their tendency to "acrobatically" raise their abdomens over their heads. The small ants can be identified by their heart-shaped abdomens. They typically nest outdoors in dead wood, but can also invade your home in search of food. It's also common for acrobat ants to nest in homes that have already been infested by carpenter ants or termites.

Which Ants Bite

  • Carpenter Ants - Carpenter ants are one of the most destructive and invasive species of ant found in the U.S. They're also one of the largest and can grow up to 13 millimeters long. These burrowing ants tunnel into damp wood to build their nests and can threaten the integrity of your home by slowly eating away the wood from the inside. They also have a painful bite, when threatened.
  • Field Ants - These ants will not nest in your home, but they will create exceptionally large mounds in your yard. The mounds can measure up to 4 feet wide and 2 feet tall, and are very difficult to eradicate. When disturbed, these ants also have a painful bite.
  • Crazy Ants - Crazy ants are another species that has been imported from South America. Because they aren't native to the U.S., they have no natural predators and will continue to multiply at an overwhelming rate without intervention. While they do bite, the pain is mild and quick to diminish.

Which Ants Have Wings

There are no particular species of ants that have wings. When you see swarms of flying ants, this means that an ant colony is searching to expand and has sent out breeders to search for a new area to reproduce. These winged ants are called "alates" and are not dangerous. You can also expect to see them only at certain times of the year when reproduction is a priority.