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Bigheaded Ants

What do bigheaded ants look like?

There are several species of bigheaded ants that live throughout the United States and depending on the species they can range in color from yellow to dark reddish brown. Their appearance depends mostly on what type of worker they are: a major worker or a minor worker.

Minor workers are the smaller of the two, they are responsible for feeding the colony, taking care of immature ants, and helping to build the nest. Adult minor workers grow to be approximately 2mm in length.

Major ants are about twice the size of minor ants and grow to be around 3-4mm long and their bodies are covered in sparse long hairs. This division of workers is responsibility for the disproportionately large head which is their namesake. Major ants have large jaws that they use to defend the colony, and to crack large seeds and other foods that they need access to.

Are bigheaded ants dangerous?

Bigheaded ants are not considered to be dangerous and they don’t cause structural damages. They generally do not bite people unless their nest is disturbed and even then their bite is not usually painful. Even though they are mostly considered to be a nuisance species they should be eliminated from your home as quickly as possible because some species of bigheaded ants are known to be hosts of tapeworms, and all species can contaminate your food.

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Why do I have bigheaded ants?

Bigheaded ants usually nest outdoors under rocks, logs, or in the soil located next to the foundation of homes or other buildings. Bigheaded ants enter into homes through small openings as they forage for food, preferring to feed on foods that are high in protein. Once a food source has been located they create a trail from the nest to the source of food that other members of the colony can easily follow.

How do I get rid of bigheaded ants?

The best way to get rid of a problem with bigheaded ants is to call a professional pest control expert. Hoffer’s professionals have the experience, training, and knowledge needed to provide you with the necessary services to eliminate any and all bigheaded ants that have invaded your home or property.

If bigheaded ants or other pests have invaded your home contact the pro’s here at Hoffer's today for more information about our year-round residential pest control services.

Bigheaded ant prevention tips

Along with implementing a year-round pest control service to protect your home and property from bigheaded ants, there are some easy steps you can take to help prevent them from choosing your home to invade.

  • Make sure that outdoor trash cans have tight fitting or locking lids on them and keep the trash cans a distance away from the exterior of your home.

  • Remove fallen trees, logs, and tree stumps from your property.

  • Trim back trees and bushes from the outside of your home because ants and other pests will use their branches as a “bridge” into your home.

  • Seal cracks in your home’s foundation and exterior walls.

  • Caulk any spaces around windows and doors and be sure that screens are intact, and install door sweeps.

  • Quickly clean up spills and crumbs and vacuum and mop on a regular basis.

  • Keep food in sealed containers or in the refrigerator, not out on countertops or tables.

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