Facts, Identification & Control
The Allstate Pest Control Man™ is trained to help manage Harvester Ants and similar pests. Since every building or home is different, your Allstate Pest Control technician will design a unique program for your situation.
Keeping ants out of homes and buildings is an ongoing process, not a one-time treatment. Orkin’s exclusive A.I.M. solution is a continuing cycle of three critical steps — Assess, Implement and Monitor.
The Allstate Pest Control Man™ can provide the right solution to keep ants in their place…out of your home, or business.
The three common species of harvester ants — the red, western and California harvester ants — each have unique behaviors, castes and tasks, feeding, nesting patterns and defense mechanisms. The harvester ant behavior differs between each species, seen through their feeding and nesting habits. In addition, unlike many other ants that infest indoor structures, all species of harvester ants prefer not to invade houses and buildings, but will establish their nests around gardens or yards, often destroying vegetation.
The red harvester ants can be aggressive. They deliver a painful sting. Sometimes, the stings of harvester ants can cause allergic reactions, especially to those sensitive to their venom. Aside from their powerful stings, harvester ants also bite viciously.
This is an important agricultural pest in many areas. The feeding habits of red harvester ants can be seen as they leave their nests and travel to their food sources, leaving a distinct scent throughout their paths.
Are Harvester Ants poisonous?
The answer to this question is YES, harvester ants are poisonous. In general, the harvester ants in the genus Pogonomyrmex are aggressive biters that inject potent and painful venom with their stingers. Like most stinging insects, their level of aggression and venom potency differs between species within the genus. For example, the Florida harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex badius, is not considered an aggressive ant, but its venomous sting is very painful.