The Asian Needle ant has been around in the Unites States for about 70 years, but has only recently begun to make an impact. It has been found in the southeastern U.S. ranging from Virginia to Georgia to Tennessee. These ants are a brownish-black color with orange-brown legs and antennae, are about a quarter of an inch in length.
Asian Needle ants like to establish their nests in soil beneath stones, logs, stumps, and debris. Their colonies range in size anywhere from 50 to 5,000 individuals. Each colony is capable of having multiple queens. The Asian needle ant’s favorite meal is a termite. They will also scavenge in garbage, and for other insects, including ants!
Recently, the Asian Needle ant has begun to drive out other ants. The common fire ant and super aggressive Argentine ant have been known to be displaced in some areas by this ant. Asian Needle ants become active very early, which may give them the upper hand. They wake up in early March and go down in late October.