Velvet Ants, also known as “Cow Killers,” are not really ants at all – they’re wasps. You’ve likely seen them running sporadically along the ground, but don’t try stomping on them without shoes. Their sting can be quite painful. These strange wasps make their homes in the nesting chambers of ground-dwelling bees and wasps, laying their eggs on the larvae inside. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae will eat the host, spinning a cocoon within the pupa – gross right?
WHAT DO VELVET ANTS LOOK LIKE?
- Have fuzzy bodies, with black and red stripes.
- Grow to be between 1/8 in. – 7/8 in.
WHERE DO VELVET ANTS LIVE?
- Tend to travel alone
- Normally found running along the ground.
HOW DO I DEAL WITH VELVET ANTS?
Velvet ants have very powerful stings. If you find several of them crawling around your home, you will want to call a professional pest control company to help you get rid of them. U.S. Pest would be glad to give you a hand. Give us a call today for a FREE inspection!
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