The Florida Carpenter Ant (Camponotus floridanus) is widely distributed across the state with the exception of the Southern regions.
Red Imported Fire Ants (Solenopsis invicta) made their way to the US from South America. It’s believed this invasive species was introduced to Florida starting in 1933.
These common Florida ants are mostly dark rusty red. They can be further distinguished by other dark red ants by the presence of long hairs on the ventral side.
Buren’s Pyramid Ants (Dorymyrmex bureni) are common in soft sandy soils and open woodlands across Florida and the rest of the US.
These ants (Pseudomyrmex gracilis) are orange-brown or brown-black. They grow between 8 and 10mm and are characterized by 2 large eyes and a body that resembles wasps.
The Compact Carpenter Ant (Camponotus planatus) has a pest status in Florida as an arboreal ant species that cause structural damages to homes.
Longhorn Crazy Ants (Paratrechina longicornis) have dark-brow bodies. They also show gray to white hairs. These ants have had a pest status in Florida since the early ‘30s.
The species (Pheidole obscurithorax) is seen as a pest in South Florida. These ants are recognized by a dark red body color that almost appears brown.
Ghost Ants (Tapinoma melanocephalum) are pests in regions of Florida such as Gainesville and Orlando. These are small ants that grow to a maximum of 1.5mm.
The species (Odontomachus brunneus) is common in Southern Florida. It’s recognized by a dark almost black shiny body without hairs and very long strong mandibles.