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Common Household Ants and Control:  Pharaoh Ant, Thief Ant, Little Black Ant, & Odorous House Ant

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The following information will help you better understand the pest you are dealing with and will give you control solutions and also methods of prevention.

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Pharaoh Ant

  • Pharaoh ants have become a serious nuisance pest in hospitals, rest homes, apartment dwellings, hotels, grocery stores, food establishments and other buildings.
  • They feed on a wide variety of foods including jellies, honey, shortening, peanut butter, corn syrup, fruit juices, baked goods, soft drinks, greases, dead insects and even shoe polish.
  • Pharaoh workers are very small (about 1/16-inch long),
  • Pharaoh Ants are light yellow to reddish brown in color with the abdomen somewhat darker.
  • Nests are often very small
  • Nests usually are found in wall voids, under floors, behind baseboards, in trash containers, under stones, in cement or stone wall voids, in linens, light fixtures, etc.
  • Pharoah Ants prefer dark, warm areas near hot water pipes and heating tapes, in bathrooms, kitchens, etc.
  • These ants are trail making ants
  • If colony is located in wall void cracks and crevices should be treated with a non repellent Boric Acid Product and also bait treatment.
  • Repellent insecticides should be avoided as it is shown to cause colonies to m ove and further spread and increase colony size.

Control methods for Pharaoh Ant

  • Good sanitation, remove potential food, wipe up spills, etc.
  • Block up cracks and holes where you may have seen the ants trailing through
  • Trim back vegetations and remove debris, stacks of fire wood, etc.
  • Baiting is the preferred method for controlling an odorous house ant infestation.
  • An ant bait is a sugar or protein based food source ( Advance Dual choice ant Bait stations)
  • Place baits in forages trails this will insure that they ingest it and return it back to the colony.
  • Do not use a liquid insecticide when using a bait

Thief Ant

The Thief Ant and it’s behavior:

  • The Thief ant Feeds on grease and greasy foods, proteins, dead insects, and even dead rodents; may sometimes feed on sweets
  • Called the Thief ant because it often steal food and ant larvae from nests of other ants
  • Trails will be located inside cabinets, on walls, along baseboards, and along branches of trees and shrubs
  • May travel from one room to another by traveling on electrical wires; may be seen in electrical outlets.
  • The thief ant is small enough to forage into pantry foods that are packaged
  • The thief ant will nest in soil under rocks or in decaying wood outdoors
  • Thief ants will build colonies found indoor in cabinet or wall voids or behind baseboards
  • Colonies are small compared to other ant species and thief ants may have multiple queens
  • Workers are all the same size, tiny, 1/32-inch long
  • Thief ant coloring is yellow to light brown with they will have very small eyes

Control methods for Thief Ant

  • Good sanitation, remove potential food, wipe up spills, etc.
  • Block up cracks and holes where you may have seen the ants trailing through
  • Trim back vegetations and remove debris, stacks of fire wood, etc.
  • Baiting is the preferred method for controlling an odorous house ant infestation.
  • An ant bait is a sugar or protein based food source ( Advance Dual choice ant Bait stations)
  • Place baits in forages trails this will insure that they ingest it and return it back to the colony.
  • Do not use a liquid insecticide when using a bait

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Black Ants:

Little Black Ant

  • These are the common house ants which nest in woodwork, masonry, soil and rotted wood. They feed on sweets, meats, vegetables, honeydew and other insects.
  • Black ant Workers are about 1/8 inch long, slender, shiny black, sometimes dark brown.
  • Black ants Nests in the ground are detected by the very small craters of fine soil.

Control methods for Little Black House Ant

  • Good sanitation, remove potential food, wipe up spills, etc.
  • Block up cracks and holes where you may have seen the ants trailing through
  • Trim back vegetations and remove debris, stacks of fire wood, etc.
  • Baiting is the preferred method for controlling an odorous house ant infestation.
  • An ant bait is a sugar or protein based food source ( Advance Dual choice ant Bait stations)
  • Place baits in forages trails this will insure that they ingest it and return it back to the colony.
  • Do not use a liquid insecticide when using a bait

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Odorous House ant

  • The odorous house ant is found throughout North America and is a common house-infesting pest in Virginia.
  • This pest is often found foraging for food in long trails over household surfaces and can contaminate food products.
  • Although these ants do not bite or sting, they are a persistent nuisance pest once they begin foraging indoors in large numbers.
  • Odorous house ants are tiny, about 3 mm in length, and are dark brown to black in color.
  • They can be taxonomically identified by having a single node on the petiole that is hidden from above by the abdomen.
  • However, odorous house ants are most easily identified by the coconut odor that is produced when their bodies are crushed. It is from this odor that they get their name, odorous house ants.
  • These ants are almost always seen foraging in large numbers.
  • When alarmed, the workers will run about in an erratic fashion with their abdomens raised in the air.
  • Colonies can be very large, ranging in size from several hundred to over 100,000 individuals. In addition, odorous house ant colonies can produce hundreds of laying queens and thousands of workers.
  • Outdoor nest are usually shallow.
  • Look for outdoor nests in mulch, soil, debris, logs, stumps, under stones and under plastic outdoor tarps.
  • Indoors, Odorous House ant nests are usually found in wall voids, around hot-water pipes and heaters, behind paneling, under carpets or beneath the floor.
  • House ant colonies can become so large that they create satellite colonies.
  • Odorous house ants forage both night and day and eat many types of foods.
  • They will eat live and dead insects
  • Odorous house ants are very attracted to sweet foods.

Control methods for Odorous House Ants

  • Good sanitation, remove potential food, wipe up spills, etc.
  • Block up cracks and holes where you may have seen the ants trailing through
  • Trim back vegetations and remove debris, stacks of fire wood, etc.
  • Baiting is the preferred method for controlling an odorous house ant infestation.
  • An ant bait is a sugar or protein based food source ( Advance Dual choice ant Bait stations)
  • Place baits in forages trails this will insure that they ingest it and return it back to the colony.
  • Do not use a liquid insecticide when using a bait

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Argentine ant

  • Feed on sweets, fresh fruit, and buds of some plants
  • Tend honeydew-producing species as mealy bugs and aphids
  • Travel rapidly in distinctive trails along sidewalks, up sides of buildings, along branches of trees and shrubs, along baseboards, and under edges of carpets
  • Colonies may split in spring and summer when queen and workers move to new site
  • Workers are all the same size, small, 1/8-inch long
  • Uniformly dull brown
  • Musty odor emitted when crushed
  • Millions of ants per colony with multiple queens and subcolonies
  • Good sanitation, remove potential food, wipe up spills, etc.
  • Block up cracks and holes where you may have seen the ants trailing through
  • Trim back vegetations and remove debris, stacks of fire wood, etc.

Control Method for the Argentine Ant

  • Baiting is the preferred method for controlling an odorous house ant infestation.
  • An ant bait is a sugar or protein based food source ( Advance Dual choice ant Bait stations)
  • Place baits in forages trails this will insure that they ingest it and return it back to the colony.
  • Do not use a liquid insecticide when using a bait

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