Pest Type: Insect
Damage to Plant: Most ants don’t damage plants directly. Fire ants are an exception; they devour plants and spoil gardens with their mounds. Nuisance pest in the home.
Don’t confuse ants with termites; ants are distinguished by their narrow waists and elbowed antennae.
Life Cycle: Winged males and females hatch about once a year. After mating, the males die and the females lose their wings. Each female establishes a nest, laying large numbers of eggs that hatch into workers. Colonies overwinter in soil or garden debris