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Pyramid Ants are easily identified in the field by their distinctive cone shaped mounds with an entrance hole in the center. Pyramid ants are in the subfamily Dolichoderinae
Pyramid Ants are 2-4 mm (1/12â€“1/6 in) long. Integument thin. Twelve-segmented antennae. Propodeum bearing a tooth-like protuberance projecting vertically in side view. Ventral surface of head with a few very long, curved hairs, used for carrying pellets of damp sand.
Pyramid Ants are often thought of as a â€śweedyâ€ť type species. This is due to the fact that they quickly inhabit and prefer highly disturbed areas. They are most often found in pastures, open fields, open scrub, sandhills, dunes, lawns and roadsides. They particularly favor sandy soils such as are found in the lower half of the state.
Pyramid Ants Nest
Nest in soil, sandy soil preferred. Typically, nest has a single entrance surrounded by crater-shaped mound of soil and a single queen per nest. One dark colored species, however, is a temporary parasite on the most common orange species and occupies a number of nests at a time, with multiple queens.
Pyramid Ants preference for sweets, particularly honeydew of sap-sucking insects such as aphids, mealybugs, leafhoppers and whiteflies. The ants will tend to these insects and protect them. When foraging the workers move quickly in strong, easily detected trails.
Management :Pyramid ant colonies are small and nesting chambers are formed just below the surface of the soil, providing easy access to the entire colony. Individual colonies can be treated by injecting an appropriate insecticide directly into the entrance hole using a compressed air sprayer. The use of a crack and crevice tip fitted on the spray nozzle should be inserted directly into the entrance hole. Two or three ounces are needed to treat each colony. Colonies found under items on the ground can be drenched with a few ounces of insecticide.
Pyramid Ants Nest
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