Color: Yellow to Reddish Brown
Size: 2.4 to 3.8mm
Scientific Name: Pheidole spp.
Bigheaded Ant FAQs
Do bigheaded ants sting?
The bigheaded ant does not sting or cause any structural damage to a home. These ants usually do not bite unless their nest is disturbed, and even then, the bite is not painful.
What attracts bigheaded ants?
Bigheaded ants will be most attracted to protein-rich foods like meat and peanut butter, but they also enjoy sweets like syrup or fruit juice. The colonies of bigheaded ants are usually smaller, about 200 to 300 ants, but sometimes they will create large extended colonies.
What do bigheaded ants do?
The pests seek out seeds, grease, sweets, and high-protein items. Bigheaded ant infestations cause minor damage to manicured lawns and may spread to packaged products and exposed fruits or meat, ruining pantry goods. The pests at times feed on houseplants and cause them to wilt.
Are bigheaded ants the same as carpenter ants?
Carpenter ants have a head that is shaped like a heart, while regular ants have a more circular head. The thorax of the carpenter ant is also more symmetrical than a regular breed.