How to Get Rid of Leaf Cutter Ants
This highlight is about the leaf cutter ant or called "cut ants " and is also known as "parasol ant ". Leaf cutter ants are mainly native to the US. They are found in Middle East and South Texas. They can also be found in the western part of Louisiana. Leaf cutter ants are not commonly found in subdivisions, but are regarded as rural agricultural pests. Ant leaf cutters are serious agricultural pests in Central and South America, which causes millions of dollars to harvest losses. The working ant of a leaf cutter that seeks to eat reddish or rust-coloured.
- Adult Leaf Cutter Ants can be anywhere from 1/16 to 1/2 an inch in size.
- They are usually dark brown in color.
- They can easily be identified by the spines on their bodies.
- They are commonly seen carrying bits of vegetation on their foraging trails.
- Their dirt mounds are about 5 to 14 inches high and 1 foot (or larger) in diameter.
Leaf Cutter Behavior
The leaf cutter ants include pests that spoil the vegetation as they eliminate the leaves to bring it back to their nests. They are known to remove all needles or leaves from trees in one night. The leaves or needles are not eaten to eat but are used in other ways. It is chewed into a pulp like material. The pulpa produces a fungus feeding the colony.
During the summer months, the ant cutter ants are looking for dinner in the evenings. Worker ants will be looking for lunch during the day during the spring and autumn months except rain or cloudy. They are interested in lights on the building. After a large crowd, they can be found in large quantities in the exterior walls of the building.
Search 'trails of leaves' when checking their traces to find their bumps
Leaf Cutter Nests
Ant nest of leaf cutter can cover an area of hundreds of square feet. These nests can extend as far as ten-twelve feet to the ground. Ant leaf Cutter prefers to nest in well drained sand or clay.
You may find a loose ground crater stacked on top of their nests, with many entrances.
Because Leaf Cutter Ants enjoys a high humidity area, look in the area. Common areas are drainage trenches, river streams and tributaries. The mound forms in the form of large funnels.
How to Control & Get Rid of Leaf Cutter Ants
When pest leaf cutter ants are causing problems, such as damaging crops, you need to call a professional pest management. These trained individuals can help find and eradicate nests, as well as to advise you on how to control problems and reduce their impact.
If you’re worried about ants destroying your garden plants and trees, you can place smooth plastic around the base of the plants and coat it with an adhesive compound to trap the ants. Collecting the waste discarded from the ants’ nest and putting it around your plants might also act as an effective deterrent.