About Ant Pests Community

The Ant Pest Community of Practice is a virtual community lead by Extension professionals from across the country. It includes members from land-grant universities and other agencies, including USDA APHIS, USDA ARS, and state and county governments.

The goal of

Little Fire Ants

picture of little fire antThe little fire ant, Wasmannia auropunctata (Roger) or LFA, is a very small invasive ant species originally from south America.  Over the past century or so, they have been spread by human commerce to Florida and Hawai`i, Israel, west Africa, …

Acrobat Ants

image of acrobat ant showing identifying characteristics

Acrobat ants (Crematogaster spp.) are native insects that become pests because of their tendency to nest in moist, decaying wood.  Many times this decaying wood is in a tree, where the ants can take over chambers of termites and

Ghost Ants


        The ghost image of ghost ant, Tapinoma melanocephalumant, Tapinoma melanocephalum (Fabricius), is a tropical species. This ant species is so widely distributed by commerce that it is impossible to determine its exact origin.  It is believed to be of African or Oriental origin. Colonies …

Broadcast Baits for Fire Ant Control

cover picture for the broadcast baits publication. Broadcast Baits for Fire Ant Control with images of a hand-held bait spreader, an ant hill, and a Herd seeder mounted on a tractor.


When choosing a broadcast bait to control import­ed fire ants, hereafter referred to as fire ants, consumers and pest management professionals are faced with a confusing array of brand names and active ingredients with varying product performances. This guide …

2017 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series

Please join us for this webinar series for information you can use about good and bad insects.  We used your feedback to bring topics that you suggested.  We will discuss troublesome insects such as invasive ants, landscape pests, vegetable pests, …

John Hopkins

Copyright John Hopkins

Dr. Hopkins is an Associate Professor and Extension Entomologist with the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Department of Entomology, and has been located at the Cooperative Extension Service Headquarters in Little Rock since 2002. He initially joined the Cooperative …

Kelly Loftin

Dr. Kelly Loftin, University of Arkansas

Kelly Loftin is an Extension Entomologist at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He supports imported fire ant management, livestock and poultry IPM and forage pest management through applied research and extension education programs. His current applied research efforts …