If you’ve noticed some ants around your property acting differently than the ants you’re used to, they may be a newer species that you have not encountered before—the Asian needle ant. Found only in our region of the U.S., these small brown ants can resemble fire ants or wood ants.

Every ant species requires a different tactic for treatment, and our South Carolina ant control experts stay on top of the game with constant education and research. Here’s how Clemson entomologists describe the Asian needle ant:

• Length of 1/8 to 1/4 inch

• Light brown, except for winged females which have black bodies

• Nests beneath objects like stones, logs, or pavers

• Active from March to October

Another way to identify the Asian needle ant is by its walk; they creep along closer to the ground rather than high-stepping like other ants.

Are Asian Needle Ants Dangerous?

These pesky biters do pose a threat to people and the environment. You won’t see Asian needle ants defending a nest like fire ants, but they do bite when you encounter them. The bites sting, and some people have allergic reactions. In severe cases, Asian needle ant bites cause potentially fatal anaphylaxis!

As a dominant species, Asian needle ants can wipe out other colonies of helpful ants and bugs. That can throw off the balance of your lawn and garden’s ecosystem.

South Carolina Ant Control for Asian Needle Ants

Our staff entomologist guides our Purdue-educated team of exterminators to find effective solutions for South Carolina ant control at your home or office. Getting rid of Asian needle ants requires outdoor pest treatment to kill the nest and remove their chosen habitat.

For help identifying an ant colony and exterminating invasive ant species like the Asian needle ant, Island Pest Control can help in Hilton Head, Bluffton, Okatie, and the surrounding communities. Contact us today for a free 58-point inspection and ant control from certified pros!