Velvet Ants

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What do velvet ants look like?

Velvet ants a.k.a. Cow Killer Ants have black fuzzy or hairy bodies with bright red, orange, yellow or even white areas. Velvet ants differ from other ants only having a slight constriction between the thorax and abdomen. Their antennae are more straight than elbowed. Velvet ants are approximately 1/8 – 7/8 inch long. The female velvet ant is wingless but the male is winged and resembles a wasp. 

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Are velvet ants dangerous?

While the male velvet ant has wings and resembles a wasp it does not have a stinger. The female velvet ant on the other hand packs a very potent sting which has earned this ant the nickname “Cow-Killer“.

Velvet ant habitat.

Male velvet ants are often found on flowers, or plant blooms. The female can typically be found scampering around on open bare or sandy areas. Velvet ants are usually found one at a time and not in groups. Female velvet ants will dig into underground chambers of nesting ground bees and wasps where they lay their eggs on the larvae found inside. Once the velvet ant is born, it will eat the host bee/wasp then it will spin a cocoon inside the pupal case of its victim. 

How do I get rid of velvet ants?

You should not attempt to deal with velvet ants on your own. You should try to avoid contact with this stinging ant. Contact a professional like Walker Pest Management’s professional pest control technicians. Our year-round Preferred Care Pest Control program can help keep these and other ants out of your home.

How can I prevent velvet ant problems at my home or business?

Start off with a routine maintenance pest program from a pest control expert like those at Walker Pest Management then follow these tips should help prevent any velvet ant problems in your home. 

  • There are no real control techniques for velvet ants because of their solitary nature. 
  • A routine pest control plan can help prevent the likelihood of entry into your home.
  • Avoid these stinging insects and call a professional.

If you suspect a velvet ant problem contact Walker Pest Management for a free quote.

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