Field ants can be a variety of colors, including pale yellow or red, brown, or black, while some may be a combination of any of these four colors. Found throughout the United States, they range from ⅛ to ⅜” long.
Most commonly found in the Southeastern United States, California, and Hawaii, argentine ants vary between 1/16 to 1/4 of an inch in length. They’re coloring ranges from dark brown to black and shiny.
Little Black Ant
Monomorium minimum (Buckley)
You can probably guess what this ant looks like! Measuring about 1/16” (1.5-2 mm) long with a segmented body, it can be found throughout the United States. It is most commonly found in the Eastern U.S., as well as the southern half of California.
Red Imported Fire Ant
Red imported fire ants, commonly called RIFAs to make the name more manageable, are small, ranging from ⅛ to ⅜” in length. They have six legs, a segmented body, and their color can be anywhere from dark reddish to brown.
Carpenter ants are usually brown, red, or black -- or a mixture of the three. Measuring ½ to ⅝ of an inch long, they can be found throughout the United States and are especially common in the North.