Ghost Ants


Distribution

        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 …

The Dark Rover Ant and Other Rover Ants

Dark rover ant worker, Brachymyrmex patagonicus.The dark rover ant, Brachymyrmex patagonicus, is a relatively new ant pest in the U.S. It is one of approximately 38 known species worldwide. There are about 10 species of rover ants in this country. The dark rover ant …

Little Black Ant

Common ant fauna observed at baits when sampling for fire ants.

The little black ant, Monomorium minimum (Buckley), is aptly named. Workers are small (1.5 – 2 mm), shiny, and dark brown to jet black in color. They have 12 segmented antennae with the last 3 segments forming a club. Queens …

Pharaoh Ants

The pharaoh ant, Monomorium pharaonis, is one of the smallest (2 mm-long) indoor ant pests. It is most easily distinguished from the equally tiny dark rover ant by its lighter yellow to orange color; however close examination will also …

Carpenter Ants

carpenter ant worker and damage to wood

Carpenter ants are members of the genus Camponotus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Formicinae). The name “carpenter ant” comes from the nesting habits of many species, which excavate wood to construct nests for the queen, workers, and brood. There are over 1,000 species …

European Fire Ants

M. rubra attacking a caterpillar

European fire ants (also known as European red ants, Myrmica rubra) are very small (3/16th of an inch long) red ants that are a pest for people and their pets, and a threat to the environment. These ants …

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 …