Ants in Illinois

Several common biting, non-biting, giant, and small ant species call Illinois their home. The largest ants of the state are the big black or red carpenter ants. The tiny red ants that live in the state are usually the pharaoh ants. But they can also be orange in color. If you come across little black ants in Illinois, they are likely to be the odorous house ants.

Types of Ants in Illinois

Ants That Bite           

  • Pavement Ants
  • Carpenter Ants
  • Argentine Ant
  • Acrobat Ant
  • Field Ants
  • Thief Ant

Ants That Don’t Bite

Ants by Colors

Red Ants: Pharaoh Ant

Black Ants: Carpenter Ants

Yellow Ants: Larger Yellow Ant (Citronella Ant)