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March 28, 2016

Invasive Ants And How To Keep Them Out

combating invasive antsEarlier this month, we wrote about the destructive power of certain insects like carpenter ants. As a follow-up, we thought it might be appropriate to elaborate on other species of invasive ants that you may find in New England. While the northeast portion of the U.S. might be free from the terror of Rasberry crazy ants, there are still numerous ant species that can make life difficult. Below, we’ve listed three of the most common types of ants you might find in New England:

European Fire Ant

Colloquially referred to as the “red ant,” the European fire ant is commonly found throughout the northeastern regions of New England. The ants are identified by their brownish-red carapace and prefer to colonize in areas with high humidity, like many parts of New England during the summer. The European fire ant is inherently aggressive, which makes them quite a daunting adversary during outdoor leisure and activities. This stinging species is considered a potential health and ecological risk to inhabitants of the United States.

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