Little black ants are native to North America. They are shiny, black and as their name suggests, tiny! Workers measure 1/16 of an inch and queens can be twice the size. Even though these ants are tiny, they are most easily identified by their shiny sheen and the trails they follow from their nest to the source of food they’ve found. Tiny black ants aren’t afraid to take on larger ants to get to a food source, more so if the source of food is aphids. Aphids satisfy their sweet tooth. They aren’t picky though and will eat anything they find, from produce and seeds along with insects (alive or dead), meats and oily food. The nests are built in dark and protected areas like rotting logs, decaying trees as well as under rocks and cracks in the cement. Inside our homes, they will build nests in woodwork, baseboards, under carpeting and wall voids. Their colonies usually consist of two or more queens with moderate to large-sized colonies. These ants forage in scent marked trails. You will see these along sidewalks and foundation walls. If the colony should find its way inside, large populations can take over cracks and crevices and establish highly visible trails that you will see on counters, cabinets and in pantries.
How to Prevent Black Ants in Your House
Colonies can get out of hand very quickly, so you’ll need to get rid of little black ants as quickly as possible. Like all other living things, ants are in search of food, water, and shelter. This is the reason you will usually find them in your kitchens and bathrooms. Good sanitation is a must. If you can remove sources of food and water that allows them to survive, you will make the job of getting rid of them easier. Remove any freestanding water. A wet napkin on the counter can sustain hundreds of ants. Check pipes for condensation and wipe down your sinks. Areas with a lot of condensation may require increased air circulation. You will need to watch their activity. Look for the trails and the areas in your home they prefer and try and figure out how they’re getting into the kitchen, to begin with. Seal up all the cracks and crevices they are using to gain entry with caulk. This will need to be done inside and outside your home. Remove firewood and other debris away from your house to prevent nesting sites.
Indoor & Outdoor Ant Control
Whether it’s inside or out, the most effective way to get rid of little black ants is ant bait. Baits have passed the test of time when it comes to ant control. If you have small children or pets, you might not want to use this method. Baits can be a little difficult as well because there are many different species of little black ants that prefer different food. Depending on the life cycle they are at, they will require different nutrients. All in one bait will not get rid of all of the ants. Getting rid of little black ants is easiest if you keep them out in the first place. If they manage to get inside your home and you aren’t careful, you can make the problem worse. It’s best to contact professionals to tackle the problem for you. Call Rentokil today. We offer custom ant control programs to target whatever species have infested your home and property.
Very Tiny Ants in Kitchen or Bathrooms? How to Get Rid of Little Black Ant Pests in Your Hyde Park, UT House in Salt Lake County and Northern Utah
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