Tar O Mar - Mound-building Ants

Mound-building Ants

General Info

  •     Mounds are built by worker ants who excavate soil to build the colony
  •     Most species do not sting or directly harm humans or pets

 

 


Where They Nest

  • Many ants other than fire ants build their colonies under dirt mounds
  •  These mounds are located in lawns, mulch areas, and along sidewalks, patios, decks, and the foundation


What They Want From You

  •     Food, food spills, and moisture (found in the sink, shower, leaky pipes, spills, etc.)


Why They’re A Problem

  • Their mounds can be unsightly in your landscape and they often kill the surrounding grass
  • Mound-building ants that you see outside may eventually come inside in search of food and water


Tips & Tricks

  • Remove debris (wood, rocks, stones) close to the foundation of your home where ants may build a colony
  • Caulk any points where ants enter into wall voids, cracks, and crevices including entry points from the outside