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Citronella Ant

Acanthomyops claviger


Image of Citronella Ant [Acanthomyops claviger] | Ehrlich Pest Control
  • Color varies from light yellow to dark reddish-yellow or light brown.
  • Workers 3/16" long.
  • Swarmers 1/8" long.
  • Single node to the pedicel.
  • Sparse, erect hairs on the head, thorax, and abdomen.


  • Swarms arrive in the late Winter and Spring, often mistaken for termites.


  • Odor - produce an agreeable citronella smell when crushed.
  • Nesting – varies from open woods, pastures, gardens, lawns, next to house foundations. Colonies sometimes found beneath concrete slabs, large rocks, or rotting logs. Colonies have mounds of soil around the openings.

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