This group of ants do not sting, but they can bite as well as spray formic acid from the tips of their abdomens. Colonies form in open grassland or under stones.
Professional exterminators should be contacted in the event of an infestation indoors.
Details of the:
Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
Common name: Formica Ant
Scientific Name: Formica spp.
Other Names: Black Ant, Silky Ant, Red Ant
Size (Adult, Length): 3mm to 12mm (0.12in to 0.47in)
Identifying Colors: black; brown; red
Additional Descriptors: small, biting, colony, infest
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico
* Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.