What do little black ants look like?

Little black ants look quite a lot like they sound. These insects are generally small, averaging about 1/16th of an inch long and dark brown to black in coloration. They are easily distinguished from other native North American ants by their size and shiny appearance.

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Are little black ants dangerous?

While little black ants do have stingers, they do not pose a threat to people as they are small and their sting has no effect. However, they can be quite troublesome, as they contaminate food sources and, once entrenched in your home, can be difficult to remove. The presence of ants may signal bigger pest problems and should not be ignored.

Where do little black ants nest?

Little black ants are highly adaptable insects that primarily nest in dark, moist areas, such as under rocks, in piles of leaves, and in gardens. Inside, they are commonly found hiding under carpets, in rotting wood, and in cracks between walls or woodwork. To find nests within homes, a little investigative work can be done by leaving out a small amount of sugary food and following the trail of ants back to their nests. If the ants are coming from outside, similar measures can be taken to follow the ants back to the point of entry, usually a crack near a doorway or window sill.

How do I get rid of little black ants?

Family offers quite a few Home Protection Plans that eradicate 20+ household pests, including little black ants. We can perform pest control clean outs, eliminate nuisance pests, then follow up with quarterly treatments. To discuss your personalized treatment options, call to schedule an appointment with one of our trained professionals.

Family Pest’s little black ant prevention tips

To discourage ants from entering the home try the following tips:

  • Inspect your foundation from the outside. Look for and fill in any small cracks that may serve as entry points for hungry ants.
  • Inside the home, look for more entry points along window sills, near doorways, or behind loose woodwork that may serve as a potential nesting site.
  • Indoors, ants are attracted to easily obtained food sources such as spilled drinks and leftover food. Be sure to clear counter tops, and sweep or vacuum regularly to avoid attracting these tiny pests.

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