Fire ants are omnivorous insects that eat many different kinds of animal and plant material. They prey on small animals like mice, ground dwelling amphibians and reptiles and eat ground-nesting birds, live insects and de... More »

Fire ants prefer to build mounds in open, well-lit areas, such as parks and fields, although they can also be found in rotten logs and stumps in wooded areas. Some colonies will also develop under buildings. More »

Killing fire ants can be accomplished by a two-step method. The first step involves applying a commercially available bait to the area once or twice a year, which kills 80 to 90 percent of the ants. The bait should conta... More »

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Red ants eat nearly anything that they can find including plants and other insects. The ants are scavengers and take advantage of many food sources. More »

Carpenter ants have a varied diet, feeding on sugar, meat and other insects. They also eat honeydew, a secretion from aphids. They are sometimes thought to eat wood, but this is untrue; instead, they chew and dig out gal... More »

Army ants eat nearly any small animal or insect in their path. They are group predators that move in waves and eat everything that does not fly or run away. Snakes, spiders, lizards and insects that they encounter are al... More »

Ants do bite, and getting bit by fire ants can be particularly painful. Carpenter ants can also bite if they feel their nests are being attacked. They will bite out of self-defense, and these ants also spray formic acid ... More »

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