Red Harvester Ants

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Terminix Canada has red harvester ant control you can trust. Our trusted, environmentally friendly ant removal team has helped families and business owners wipe out entire colonies for good. When you need red ant treatment, call Terminix Canada.

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Red Harvester Ant Identification

Size: 4.5 to 13 mm long.

Colour: Orange to red or brownish black.

Description: This particular ant species is characterised by a fringe of hairs that appear underneath their head – almost like a beard.

Order/Family: Hymenoptera/Formicidae

Scientific Name: Pogonomyrmex Barbatus

Did You Know?

A few harvester ant species clear areas around the entrance holes of their nests up to 30 feet or more in diameter.

Red Harvester Ant Biology

Always popularly referred to as red ants, red harvester ants are typically between 4.5 to 13 mm long. They earn their name from their seed collecting behaviour. Depending on the exact species, red harvester ants are orange to red or brownish black in colour. Differentiating this particular ant from others is also easy since this species has six legs and long hairs on the underside of their heads, appearing like a beard.

Red Harvester Ant Behaviour, Diet, Habitat and Life Cycle

Red harvester ants aggressively defend their nests and have a painful sting too. This sting can lead to anaphylactic reactions in both humans and animals. Mating by swarming, queens and males swarm in late summer with males dying after mating. Areas of bare soil in your yard may suggest this ant species has infested your space.

Red harvester ants gather seeds as their primary food source and clear large circular areas around the entrance holes of their nests. Some harvester ant species construct mounds while others carry excavated soil away from the nest and remove it.

Wondering How To Get Rid Of Red Harvester Ants?

Eliminate your residential or commercial ant infestation with Terminix Canada. When you do it yourself, it’s difficult to locate and provide red ant treatment that is effective enough.

Ultimately, removing this ant species is difficult given the large size of colonies plus the fact they can sting. This particular ant species is best controlled by the use of ant baits. Instead of relying on stopgap solutions, trust Terminix Canada’s professionals to get rid of red harvester ants for you.

Terminix Canada Red Harvester Ant Control Can Help You

Our team has the persistence and skill to use different baits to remove your ant infestation for good. When you need red ant treatment, trust Terminix Canada.

Frequently Asked Red Ant Treatment Questions

Helping homeowners get rid of red ants for over 90 years, Terminix Canada succeeds where many fail with their ineffective, DIY ant repellents.

Homemade red ant killers and DIY ant traps aren’t nearly as effective as our solutions. We use professional ant baits, ant traps, gel-based ant pesticides, and interior/exterior chemical spray.

Pharaoh ants are active year-round whereas carpenter ants are active in February, March, April, May, June, July, August and September. Pavement ants appear the least for a period of six months from April to September. Fire ants’ peak activity takes place in spring and fall while red harvester ants typically swarm in late summer.

It all depends on the species. The most destructive is the carpenter ant. If infestations go untreated, they can cause structural damage to your home over time since they nest in wood. If you’re wondering how to get rid of carpenter ants, wonder no more and call Terminix Canada. Elsewhere, the tiniest species, pharaoh ants, build nests in high-traffic areas like the walls, cabinets, and refrigerator insulation in your kitchen. As for red harvester ants, they excavate bare areas of soil in your backyard. Ultimately, all ants are searching for food. Therefore, these pests make your food preparation spaces unsanitary.

Red ants are always hunting for food sources. Whether it’s a mere pet food crumb, a rogue piece of fruit or a dirty kitchen countertop, ants will breach the tiny gaps in your home to find their way to food.

There are many red ant prevention methods out there. Things you can do everyday include keeping home surfaces clean, storing food in sealed containers, and sealing cracks and gaps in your foundation.

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