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Leaf-cutting Ants (Atta texana)

Order: Hymenoptera (hy-men-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Formicidae (for-MISS-ih-dee) (Info)
Genus: Atta (AT-ta) (Info)
Species: texana (teks-SAY-na) (Info)


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Sierra Vista, Arizona
Sun City, Arizona
Aransas Pass, Texas
Elsa, Texas
Fulton, Texas
Ingleside, Texas
New Braunfels, Texas
Rockport, Texas
Roma, Texas
Rosebud, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Spring, Texas
Willis, Texas
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Members' Notes:


On Feb 15, 2013, OldWrangler from Spring, TX wrote:

I grow small trees which I ultimately train into Bonsai. We have Cutter Ant colony in the back of my neighbor's yard but come to me to strip plants. The colony mound is probably 20' in circumference and no telling how deep but from all the surface dirt they have dug up a bunch. The mound is about 2-3' high. Our neighbor's pest service came and treated the mound but since she only paid him $17, she probably got what she deserves...no guarantee.
I am trying a home remedy of my grandpa's. Mix equal amounts of baby powder and cayenne pepper. Sprinkle the entrance of the mound as well as the trails they leave. And damned if it hasn't worked great. It may not kill them but they are certainly encouraged to move somewhere else. They have not cut anything in my yard for about a month and I ... read more


On Oct 22, 2010, starr56 from Roma, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

My husband and myself have been fighting this leaf-cutting ants for months..they started on our neighbors yard and they just simply took homestead on our yard..we have tried Amdro but they just spit it out.
Can anybody give us a sure killer so we can eradicate them.


On Sep 4, 2010, leita from Rockport, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

It took them two whole nights to finish the job, but most of my garden (especially the hibiscus and zinnias) looks like a war zone, hardly anything left but sticks. My favorite nursery has a bait that I'll be trying but does anyone know whether my plants can be saved or should I start over again?


On Aug 1, 2007, Thunderstorm from Willis, TX wrote:

Yes, these ants are alive and well in rural east Texas. They seem to choose a favorite plant to chew up to make food for their young in their vast underground storerooms. Unfortunately for us, they have chosen my roses, with their favorites being my Cramoisi Superieur hedge. Over a weekend, and mostly during the nights, they managed to strip a 75 plant hedge to the bare stems.

I fought them down with Demon Maxx which worked for a few months. Then last summer we used the generic of TalStar, which again worked for a few months. Hot, sticky, sweaty work, spraying a large garden. And I hate messing with the chemicals. The organic controls such as diatomaceous earth and nematodes did not help AT ALL. These ants are tenacious, and hard to kill.

This year we paid ... read more


On Oct 29, 2006, Wieboldt from Thorndale, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

We have atta Texana, Texas leaf cutter ant on our property near Austin, TX. I need help in getting rid of them as they are stripping my pomegranates. So far, we have found nothing to truly destroy them.


On Oct 12, 2006, turbosbabe96 from Ingleside, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

These things can cause major havoc on plants! In less than 4 hours, they stripped every single leaf off of my hibiscus! I had arrived home at 2 pm and went to leave my house around 6 that same evening. My hibiscus were fine and healthy at 2..at 6, it looked as if I had literally planted STICKS in my yard!! I used Orthene the first time they struck, but that stuff is so potent, I dont like it..kills out the good bugs..I usedBayer Pesticides..I used Sevin Dust..again, dont like using harsh chemicals.. I used Instant Grits this last time..I caught em in the act and caught em in time! Seems to have worked so far! Seems to be a never-ending battle with them for me! I will keep ya posted!