Field Ants

What do field ants look like?

field ant in a home in nassau county

When you first glance at a field ant you may think they look like any other ant, but they actually have a segmented body that is distinctively uneven on the upper side.  Adults will grow to be 1/8 to 3/8th of an inch in length.  Field ants can come in a variety of colors that include pale yellow, black, reddish-brown or a combination of colors.

Field ant behaviors

Field ants feed on other live and dead insects, honeydew produced by aphids, and food commonly found in homes like sweets, liquids, and meats. Field ants get their name because they are more often than not living and nesting outdoors.  Outside field ant nests are found in fields, lawns, meadows, and along sidewalks, building foundations, and fences. They will dig the soil out of the ground to create their nesting area and will mound the soil on top of the nest.

Field ants typically only become problematic in the late summer after the reproductive females swarm from the colony.  Field ants typically only enter homes to forage for food and rarely create nests inside homes and other buildings.

Are field ants dangerous?

Even though field ants mainly nest outdoors, they can still be a threat to people.  They will defend themselves and their nest by biting; some species of these ants can even spray a type of acid into the bite making it even more painful.  Also, if field ants get into your home they will contaminate any food that they feed on.  

Can Suburban help with a field ant problem?

Suburban Exterminating offers effective ant control for all types of ants common to New York including field ants.  Learn more about our ongoing pest management program for homeowners or click here to schedule your free estimate.  If you're a business, we also offer commercial pest control services. Contact us today to learn more!

Field ant prevention tips

Listed below are some tips to deter field ants:

  • Keep trees, shrubs, and other landscaping trimmed back from the exterior of your home.
  • Store wood and compost piles at least 10-15 feet from the exterior of your home.
  • Create a barrier between the foundation and any mulch or grass.
  • Seal any cracks or crevices found in the foundation or exterior walls.
  • Install door sweeps on all exterior doors.
  • Store food in the refrigerator or in tightly sealed containers to prevent ants from gaining access to it.
  • Regularly sweep floors, and quickly clean up spills and crumbs.

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