Ant Research

Ant research

Here are some of our magazine articles on a variety of ant research topics including ant behaviour, ant nest / colony structure and ant identification.

Ant identification

Before starting any ant control treatment it is important to correctly identify the species of ant present. This then provides information on nest structure, behaviour and food preferences, which is important for baiting. But telling ants apart can be very tricky even for experts – generally you will need a magnifying glass and identification guide.

Ant foraging behaviour

Understanding ant behaviour, particularly ant foraging behaviour is essential for developing optimal ant control programs. Understanding food preferences and how these might change through the year, is critical in choosing the best ant bait to provide optimal performance. Other key aspects of ant behaviour worth knowing include their trail forming behaviour and what time of day and under what weather conditions the ant species prefers to forage,

Ant nests

The structure of ant nests and ant colonies can determine the likelihood of success in an ant control program. Knowing whether the nest has one queen or multiple queens and whether there are multiple nests as part of the same colony is also important information that effects product choice and treatment regime. The likely location of the ant nest can also impact the treatment design and each species do have preferred nesting sites.

Fire ants

Red imported fire ants are one of the world’s worst invasive ants and a particular concern in Australia with the ongoing infestation in southeast Queensland. There is a significant amount of research taking place in multiple countries to understand their biology and investigate new control methods. As such, we often publish the latest research on fire ants.

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Sahara desert ants


A team of researchers has discovered that a species of desert ant can recognise food odours for the duration of its life – a valuable skill when living in a challenging environment.

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Research from Japan’s University of Kyoto suggests that a virus that infects the ants could be the key to understanding – and manipulating – the feeding behaviour of the red imported fire ant. (Photo credit: Kyoto University/Yang)

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