Kafir Ant, Solenopsis molesta.
Kafir ants are tiny (less than 1/16 inch long) and orange. They hollow out seeds, leaving behind a mealy residue, and are a problem in the sorghum fields of eastern and south central Kansas. Historically, early planting and fall plowing were recommended as cultural controls. No insecticides are currently labeled specifically for this pest, but insecticide seed treatments should reduce injury.
Page last updated 7/11/17 by J.P.Michaud.