Welcome to the University of Florida, Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center's Pest Ants of Florida Web Page

Most of the information presented here was originally published in a handbook for use by pest management professionals to assist in identifying and treating pest ant problems  in the state of Florida. Besides the information contained in that book, additional information on ant biology, anatomy and terminology is provided here. Only those ant species that are major household pests in Florida are featured. There are many other ant species in Florida that are not household pests or only cause problems occasionally. They, along with pest ant species found in other parts of the United States, are not covered here. Although targeted for those in the pest control industry, this information also can be educational and helpful to homeowners, students of all ages, people interested in ants and entomology, and anybody that is curious about ants. Definitions for highlighted words in the text are provided in the glossary in the last section of this web site. 

The Pest Ants of Florida*

Betty Ferster, Mark Deyrup1, and Rudolf H. Scheffrahn  

University of Florida, Fort Lauderdale R.E.C. Fort Lauderdale, FL

1Archbold Biological Station, Lake Placid, FL

*Hardcopy versions of "The Pest Ants of Florida" are available from the Certified Pest Control Operators Association of Florida and the Florida Pest Control Association.


Modified for Web and additional information by:

Brian J. Cabrera

University of Florida, Fort Lauderdale R.E.C.


How to tell the difference between an ant and a termite
Acrobat Ant (Crematogaster ashmeadi)
Argentine Ant (Linepithema humile)
Bicolored Trailing Ant (Monomorium floricola)
Big Headed Ants (Pheidole megacephala and Pheidole spp.) 
Black Carpenter Ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus
Crazy Ants (Paratrechina longicornis, P. bourbonica and P. pubens)
Destructive Trailing Ant (Monomorium destructor)
Elongate Twig Ant (Pseudomyrmex gracilis)
Florida Carpenter Ants (Camponotus floridanus and C. tortuganus) 
Florida Harvester Ant (Pogonomyrmex badius
Ghost Ant (Tapinoma melanocephalum)
 (Hyperponera punctatissima) stinging alates
Little Fire Ant  (Wasmannia auropunctata)
Pharaoh's Ant (Monomorium pharaonis)
Pyramid Ant (Dorymyrmex spp.)
Red Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta)
Rover Ant (Brachymyrmex spp.)
White-Footed Ant (Technomyrmex albipes)
Ant Anatomy
Ant Classification
Glossary of Terms

Florida carpenter ant, major worker.


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