leaf cutter ants in your yard

May 21, 2019 | yard insect control

Leaf cutter ants are busy-looking ants with small jagged-edged pieces of leaves or foliage held over their heads scurrying about. Leaf cutter ants will normally gather not only torn bits of leaves but flowers and even some fruit from trees. The leaf cutter ant will use these bits and pieces of decomposing material to raise an underground fungus garden deep, down in the earth and then harvest the fungus for food for feeding their colony.leaf cutter ants

Depending on the size of the colony, they are constantly searching for more leafy material to adequately supply their growing nest. Leaf cutter ants can cause considerable damage to plants. With a large enough colony nearby, defoliation of some ornamental plants can seemingly happen overnight. They do not discriminate and can damage grass, weeds, ornamental plants, or anything else with foliage.

Texas leaf cutter ants are normally a dark or reddish brown color. They can average between 1/16 to ½ inch in length. They have three pairs of spines on their back with long legs. You might see swarms between April to June and in areas of higher rainfall and extend anytime during the spring season.

Most people will not think of ants until they see the above-ground mounds. Below-ground, interconnecting chambers can reach 15-20 feet deep.

With an adequate food supply to draw from, leaf cutter ant colonies can exist for years and continue to expand.

Most leaf cutter ants prefer to work when temperatures range between 45-80 degrees so in the summertime. If you see them at all, it may not be until much later in the evening. Carefully inspect your yard for the Texas leaf cutter ant or any other ants. For that matter, particularly after it rains will help in locating potential colonies. Leaf cutter ants only eat the fungus they cultivate, they do not respond to regular sugar or oil based material. Once the leaf cutter ant is correctly identified, the appropriate baits are applied around all mounds. Depending on how long the leaf cutting ant colony has been growing, may require a second application to control.

Texas is home to so many varying ants and other thriving insect colonies in the yard. Contact a pest professional for correct identification to determine the type of ant issue that may be invading your property and best method to treat. For Texas leaf cutter ants or any other pest issues in or around your home, contact Bio-Tech Pest Control today at 281-296-6022.

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