Harvester Ant

 Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.

Pogonomyrmex spp.

How to Identify an 

Harvester Ant

Harvester ants are ret to brown to black in color. They are a larger ant; 1/5 to 1/2 of an inch long. They have two nodes (bumps between the middle and rear body sections). The workers of harvester ants vary in size. Harvester ants have a row of long hairs on the underside of their head. They may also have spines on the back that are sometimes present.

Where do they come from?

Nests of the harvester ants appear as flat, bare, circular patches of soil averaging several feet in diameter. Their nests may be several feet deep as well.

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What do they look like?

Long hairs under the head of the harvester ant
Full view of a harvester ant

Where do they live?

Lawns, playgrounds, rangeland


Pogonomyrmex spp.


4.5-13 mm



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