Leafcutter Ants

Leafcutter Ant Control - Austin, TX

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Identifying Leafcutter Ants 

Leafcutter AntLeafcutter Ant control and exterminator services are incredibly important in the Austin area. Magic Pest and Lawn’s ant exterminators are highly trained to deal with any type of ant problems inside and outside your Austin residence. Without a doubt, Leafcutter ants are annoying outdoor pests. 

If you are noticing plants or trees around your Austin property with holes or chunks taken out, you might be dealing with Leafcutter Ants. These ants travel in large numbers to cut and harvest leaves. 

Leafcutter ants are a fungus farming ant found in Texas, Louisiana, and northeastern Mexico. Leafcutter ants are also known as town ant, parasol ant, fungus ant, Texas leafcutter ant, and cut ant. They range in size from 1/8 of an inch to 5/8 of an inch. They are reddish brown in color. 

What do Leafcutter Ants look like and what do they do?

Leafcutter Ants range in size from 1/8 of an inch to 5/8 of an inch. They are reddish brown in color.  

Leafcutter ants are just as their name suggests. They cut into leaves and carry them back to their nests. They use the leaves that they harvest as fertilizer to grow a specialized fungus that serves as their food source. Leafcutter ants fly and hunt at night searching for a suitable tree or plant. When they find a suitable source, the Leafcutter ants swarm it and cut circular-shaped pieces from leaves. As the leaves drop the other worker ants catch them and take them back to their colony. Once the leaf pieces are back at the colony, they are cut up into smaller pieces to grow their fungus. A Leafcutter ant can destroy a citrus tree in less than 24 hours. 

Their nests are built in well drained, sandy soil and can be as deep as 20 feet. The nests can have 1000 entrance holes and be as big as 4,500 square feet. 

Contact Magic Pest and Lawn today if you notice the foliage around your home has damaged or missing leaves, call the experts at Magic Pest in Austin. We can help identify Leafcutter Ants and come up with the perfect solution to keep them from destroying your landscaping.