Cow Killer Ant Facts & Information
Protect your home or business from cow killer ants by learning techniques for identification and control.
How do I get rid of cow killer ants?
What Orkin Does
Since cow killers don't make their own nests or form colonies and do not commonly live in areas frequented by people, control efforts are not normally required.
Your local Orkin technician is trained to help manage cow killer ants and similar pests. Since every building or home is different, your Orkin technician will design a unique ant treatment program for your situation.
Orkin can provide the right solution to keep cow killer ants in their place…out of your home, or business.
Behavior, Diet & Habits
Understanding Cow Killer Ants
Females: The female is wingless, hairy, and colored red and black.
Males: The males look similar to the females, except they have two pairs of dark colored wings.
Their preferred habitats are pastures and the edges of forests. In urban and suburban areas, cow killers are seen crawling through lawn vegetation, digging around in the soil, or perhaps in garages where they have wandered in by accident.
The range of the cow killer is from the east coast of Florida to Connecticut and westward to Missouri and Texas.
Female cow killer wasps dig into the nests of these bees and wasps, and lay their eggs on the larvae inside the nest. When the eggs hatch, the larvae consume their host, then spit its pupal case on its host.
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