Allegheny Mound Ants - What They Are and How to Get Rid of Them
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Allegheny Mound Ants - What They Are and How to Get Rid of Them

All about Allegheny Mound Ants. How to get rid of Allegheny Mound Ants.

It's almost that time of year again when you find maybe one little scouting ant in your kitchen or possibly a whole swarm of them trying to enter in through your back screen door.  Or perhaps they have begun to make large homes for themselves in your yard.  What am I talking about?  Why ants of course. 

Most ants are harmless and if they are outside we really don't give much thought to them but when they come in to our homes or cause havoc in our yards it becomes a whole different story.  One type of ant in particular is dangerous to lawns and farm lands.  Those ants are the Allegheny Mount Ants.

Allegheny Mound Ants

Allegheny Mound Ants that live in many different parts of the world including here in the United States. Allegheny Mound Ants are called this because they build impressive mounds.  When I say impressive I mean very impressive.  They can build mounds up to 3 feet high and 6 feet wide and that is not even mentioning the deep burrowing underground as well.  

While these ants are industrious they are no friend to humans or plant life.  They like to build in areas that may be grazed or largely undisturbed and of course not mowed.  They also destroy plant life around their mounds.  They inject a formic acid in to plants that kills them.  Vegetation and even young trees fall victim to this acid.  If you end up with these ants in your lawn they will likely kill much of your grass, trees, and shrubery. 

The Allegheny Mound Ants will also bite if they feel their mounds are in jeapordy.  The good news is they usually don't come inside people's homes for food, they prefer to snack on other insects. 

Getting Rid of Allegheny Mound Ants

If you have Allegheny Mound Ants in your yard you will need to get rid of them.  You will need a lot of insecticide.   You will need about a  gallon for each foot of the diameter of the mound.  You will also need a shove.  You should also wear high work boots if possible and long pants that are tucked inside of your boots.  You should also bring some kind of brush with you and put it in your pocket. If these ants do get on you will want to use the brush not your hands to quckly knock them off of you.  Remember as I said before these ants will bite if you disturb their mounds.  Since there are deep paths and caverns below the mounds you will first need to dig off the top of the mound.  Do this quickly.  Then begin pouring the insecticide in to the area that was under the mound.  Being sure to pour all over the entire area and around it as well.  You will need to do this for each mound in your yard.  

Before going in to the house check yourself to make sure you don't have any of these ants crawling on you.  If you do quckly brush them off with the brush before going inside. 

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Comments (2)

Excellent tips, Rae. Thanks.

Wow, these are some serious ants!! Thanks for the info, hopefully I'll never need to use it! ; )