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. 

How Do I Get Rid of Little Black Ants?

Little black ants can become a big nuisance if they are able to gain entry into your home. Being scavengers, they will use pheromone trails to help other ants in their colony to find newly-discovered food sources. With most ant problems, proper food storage and waste management can help prevent ants from being attracted to food sources in and around your home. However, if little black ants have already invaded your home, we recommend giving us a call here at Advanced Wildlife Control. Our professional trained technicians will identify and treat your ant problem with a variety of options. Our ant control services will also eliminate the little black ant problem at the source by eradicating the nest. 

DID YOU KNOW? – In ideal conditions, little black ant queens live around a year, while the workers only live for around four months.

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