Little Black Ants are most common outdoors but can invade homes and/or buildings. This species of ants are active foragers that trail to and from the nest by the hundreds. Little Black Ant colonies are mobile and will move when disturbed, the colonies are small in size with many queens that are larger than that of the workers.
This species is found in the soil under rocks, logs, debris, in open areas of the lawn, in landscaping mulch, bark of trees, wood damaged by termites, firewood piles, stacks of bricks/stones and voids of masonry. They also can be found inside buildings in voids of walls, cabinets, carpet edges and base boards. Little Black Ants feed on secretions of plants, pollens, scaly insects, mealy bugs, aphids, newly hatched birds in their nests, bird feces, sweets, meats, fruit juices, grease, breads, oils and cornmeal.
Prevention: Removal of items on the ground, around or touching homes or buildings and trees such as firewood, tree or shrub branches, dead tree limbs from trees, pull back vegetation from foundations and walkways, rake back mulch from tree bases, walkways and foundations where Little Black Ants can nest. Contact us for a free inspection.