Little Black Ants
As the name suggests, little black ants are little (1-2mm) and have a dark-brown to black color to them. They also appear to be shiny which helps identify them. These ants are common in mid-summer from June to August after a mating swarm with the queen. Colonies can vary in size and will often have multiple queens. Colonies are typically outside in dark covered areas but will nest in gardens and lawns. Occasionally, little black ants will nest inside of homes in the walls or under carpeting.
Like most types of ants, little black ants are aphid farmers because they love to feed on the honeydew that aphids create. Along with their sweet tooth, they are both scavengers and carnivores. They prefer foods like bird droppings, moth larvae, dead insects, seeds, and human foods. They will even fight larger ants for food and in protecting their aphids.