Professional Ant Control Products for the Do It Yourself Homeowner, Ant identification Guide for the Acrobat Ant, Argentine Ant,Big Headed Ant,Black Field Ant,Carpenter Ant, Citronella Ant,Crazy Ant,Fire Ant,Ghost Ant,Harvestert Ant,Leaf Cutter Ant,Little Black Ant,Odorous House Ant,Pharoah Ant, Thief Ant, White Footed Ant

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► White Footed Ant


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Big Headed Ant

Size:  This type of ant has two distinct sizes of workers. The larger ones, called major workers, typically range in size from 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch in length, depending on the species. The major worker is easily identified by the extremely large size of its head in comparison to its body. The head of the minor worker is in proportion to its body.

Color:  Most are reddish brown in color.

The minor workers can resemble fire ants except that big-headed ants have 12 segments in their antennae while fire ants have only 10 segments. 


Behavior   Big-headed ants, like all ants, establish well-defined trails between the nest and food and water sources. They feed on a wide variety of foods including dead insects, plant materials, and garbage. The workers are partial to the sweet honeydew produced by aphids, scales, and mealybugs found feeding on many trees and plants. Fruit trees, roses, and many shrubs serve as hosts for aphids and may contribute to ant infestations in homes and other buildings. One species, Pheidole Megacephala, establishes large "supercolonies" consisting of dozens, if not hundreds, of subcolonies connected by interlocking trails. These supercolonies have been found to extend over large portions of a city block, making control efforts on a single property quite difficult to achieve. This species is more common in Florida and Hawaii but can be encountered all along the southeast Gulf Coast. They have been known to construct mud tubes that can resemble those made by subterranean termites, although this behavior is not common.

Habitat   Big-headed ants are soil-nesting ants, most commonly found nesting outdoors beneath stones, logs, and landscape timbers. These ants also are commonly found inside the soil of potted plants, and many inside infestations may be traced to planters. In addition, big-headed ants may be found nesting beneath slab foundations and entering through cracks in the slab. On occasion, these ants will nest inside rotted wood or will excavate old termite-damaged wood to make a nest.

Tips for Control   Because big-headed ants are soil nesters, their colonies are often easy to see due to the piles of displaced soil formed as they excavate tunnels in the ground. Most colonies are relatively small and easy to treat, but treating infestations involving multiple colonies requires patience.

Suggested Control Products

Advance Formula #1 Ant Bait

Advance Dual Choice


Demand CS



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