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Field Ants

Depending on the species, the size of the workers ranges from 4 to 8 mm. Coloration includes yellow, red, black or a combination of red and black.

Field ants usually nest near trees, rocks, sidewalks, fences or foundations of buildings. Many species of field ants make a mound with the soil that they excavate under the ground. Sometimes people mistake these mounds for fire ant activity. Field ants do not sting, but they will bite when they are disturbed. Some field ants can spray formic acid while they bite, so their bites can be painful.

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"An ant on the move does more than a dozing Ox"

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Field ants do not usually invade homes. However, the workers will often hunt for food on decks, porches and patios. Sometimes people see black field ants on a wood deck and assume they are carpenter ants.
Preventing field ant problems begins with a careful inspection. Look for things that the ants might use as nesting sites. Place firewood on racks off of the ground and store it away from the house. Move mulch away from the foundation to discourage ants from nesting. Make sure exterior doors close tightly. Replace weather stripping where it is missing.
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