Thatching Ants

Appearance 

Thatching ants are larger ants around 4-8 mm in length. They are stocky ants with large heads and a powerful jaw. Most are bi-colored, red and black, but some species are all black. Thatching ants get their name from the habitat of creating large mounts which appear to be "thatched" as they have material layered on top like an European thatched roof. They can be found in grasslands, prairies, sagebrush, coastal and island dunes.

Habitat

 

Entry and Damage

Thatching ants have been known to damage the buds of apple, pear and plum plants in the spring. They use these materials to build their nests usually found in large mounds. Keeping a well-groomed garden and yard and help prevent thatching ants from invading your home. Always keep piles of wood above ground and make sure any rotting wood is removed from your property. Some thatching ants nests' can be underground and go deep into your lawn. It's important to leave the removal to a skilled technician as thatching ants have been known to attack humans that they feel are a threat to their colonies. Contact your Critter Control of Seattle expert today for more information today!

Prevention

 

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