Elongated Ants in Florida
Facts, Identification, & Control

The Elongated Tree Ant is another species found here in Southwest Florida. This ant is similar to that of a wasp and will sting.  Elongated Tree Ants are about half an inch (.5) long and is orange and black in color.

The Elongated Tree Ant can be seen darting quickly around branches of trees and bushes.  One of the biggest issues with Elongated Tree Ants is that they fall out of trees and other plants onto people and give a painful sting. Especially, when they accidentally become trapped in between clothing and your skin. This species known locally as the “neck biter ant” appeared in Florida in the 1960’s and quickly spread throughout the southern 2/3 of Florida.

Elongated Tree Ants have a single queen small nest that contain a few individuals. The nests are usually located in trees, bushes, hollow twigs, and dried grasses barely wide enough for two or three ants to pass one another. The Elongated Tree Ant is rarely seen inside. The bulk of the activity is seen outside.  Certified Pest Control of Naples can successfully control Elongated Tree Ants with our Certified Full-Home Service.

When you’re outside enjoying the beautiful weather that Florida has to offer be sure to check your surroundings for Elongated Tree Ants.