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Asian Needle Ant

How To Control Asian Needle Ants

Ant problems are becoming a rising problem for homeowners and the type of ants that are embarking upon homes aren’t the usual ones that come to mind, like the Asian Needle Ant. Asian Needle Ants aren’t your normal run of the mill ant. You could think of this species as a bully as they are very aggressive and will even go after other ant species to demonstrate their dominance.

Asian needle ants are about ⅛ of an inch long. Queen ants are typically larger, around ¼ of an inch long. Their bodies are black or light brown with their legs and mouthparts are either light brown or yellow. They have segmented bodies and a well-developed stinger which can be quite painful and even dangerous to those who suffer from allergic reactions from ant bites.

Asian Needle ants usually enter homes in search of both food and damp areas where they can hang around. Because of their aggressive nature, they can also venture onto lawns and gardens and take out ladybugs, caterpillars, and even bees which are beneficial to gardens and encourage pollination.

If you have a problem with Asian Needle ants on your property, there are ways to eliminate this frustrating pest. Solutions Pest and Lawn has everything you need to get rid of Asian Needle Ants, from professional grade products to expert how-to advice.

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How To Get Rid of Asian Needle Ants: Solutions 4 Step Process

Asian Needle ants are stubborn and persistent so it is best to have a control approach that is multi-faceted if you want to achieve results in getting rid of the invasion. We here at Solutions recommend a combination of dusts and sprays for controlling Asian Needle ants along with maintenance and exclusion tasks designed to make your home less welcoming for Asian Needle Ants. Below are some of the steps we suggest for the greatest success in managing this pest.

Step 1: Performing a detailed inspection is an important first step in order to overcome an Asian Needle Ant infestation. Inspect your property both indoors and outdoors for pine needle or leaf litter mounds and nests where the ant colony is headquartered. Examine the ants themselves to make note of their trails and runways. Typical outdoor nesting sites include soil, hollowed trees, under firewood, rocks, and other piles of material or debris, and underneath stone or brick walkways. Indoors, Asian Needle ants can be found in walls and voids, and around wherever there are moisture sources such as sinks, pipes, or potted plants.


Step 2:
Destroy Ant mound and/or nests. If you happen to find where the Asian Needle ants are nesting, treat it immediately with a strong insecticide such as
Reclaim IT Insecticide or FiPro Foaming Aerosol. Spray to the point of drenching the nesting site, the insecticide will then work to kill the entire population. Make sure to keep pets and children away until the treated area has been dried.


Step 3:
Once the mound has been treated, there are likely many ants still out foraging. Use an insecticide spray to create a barrier around your home to prevent ants from trespassing. Spray around your home’s foundation up to 3 feet high along the building sides and 3 feet out on the ground with a fan sprayer will provide great protection. A few other areas where it would be wise to apply insecticide outdoors include sidewalks, around the base of trees, stepping stones, potted plants, and garbage cans.


Step 4:
Once the population is destroyed, a regular maintenance program should be implemented to keep future colonies from venturing on your property. From regular sprayings to exclusion measures like caulking up cracks and crevices as well as reducing and fixing areas of moisture, you have to do your due diligence to keep your home conditions sanitary and clean to ensure ants have nothing to eat in your home.


Learn More About The Asian Needle Ant asian needle ants


The Asian Needle Ant (scientific name: Brachyponera chinensis), as its name clearly states, is native to the continent of Asia, but around the 1930’s they began showing up in the United States. In the last decade or so however, the Asian Needle Ant population has grown to the point that it is raising some concern for pest control experts.

 

The Asian Needle Ant is predominantly found in the southeastern United States, with infestations of the ant being reported in North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Connecticut, and New York.

 

The Asian Needle Ant is a particularly interesting species of ant due to the fact that unlike nuisance ants such as the fire ant and the Argentine ant which are commonly found in areas where there is a lot human activity, the Asian needle ant is versatile and can thrive in both residential areas and quiet areas in nature such as in the woods and wilderness.

 

Infestations of the Asian Needle Ants has been reported to be found in a variety of settings ranging from school cafeterias to residential lawns to logs in State and National Parks.

 

The Impact of the Asian Needle Ant

 

You’ve heard of double trouble, right? Well the Asian Needle Ant delivers triple trouble when it comes to their threat to us humans. To start, the Asian Needle Ant possesses a painful sting which is venomous. This could probably explain the “needle” portion of their name as the sting of the ant can feel like being pierced with a needle.

 

Aside from the pain aspect, the Asian Needle Ant’s venom is known to cause more of an allergic reaction than the sting of a honey bee. With this being the case, people who are susceptible to allergic reactions, especially to insect bites should be extra cautious when coming into contact with an Asian Needle Ant infestation.

 

The second problem brought on by the Asian needle ant is its knack for quickly producing a population which can infest a home to the point where it becomes very difficult to control. The colony of an Asian Needle Ant may be smaller than the more common ants encountered in homes like little black ants and the odorous house ant, but that doesn’t mean that their size doesn’t cause some serious trouble.

 

For instance, there are growing instances of the Asian Needle Ant infestations being found grabbing food from school cafeterias and food service areas. These ants being found crawling all over stored food may be a concern, but what comes with them is the increased possibility of being bitten by these ants during the removal process.

 

The third threat posed by the Asian Needle ant is quite possibly it’s largest. The Asian Needle Ant has the reputation of being a bully in the ecosystem. They can barge into an area and take over, excluding native ant species and various species of termite. While native ants play a vital role in keeping the ecosystem running efficiently and as nature intended, Asian needle ants coming upon the land can derail the established status quo.

 

The Asian Needle Ants do this by eating their food, driving them out of their nests and habitats and even going so far as eating other ants.  When the Asian needle ant does this kind of raping and pillaging, the native ants are wiped out and this ruins a lot of vital roles they were tasked to do which effects the entire ecosystem.

 

How To Identify the Asian Needle Ant

The Asian needle ant can vary between small and medium sized, with worker and queens measuring between 5.0 to 6.5 mm (1/5″) in length. This means that workers ants are smaller than carpenter or wood ants (Camponotus spp. or Formica spp.) but bigger in size compared to “sugar ants” (Linepithema humile or Tapinoma sessile).

 

Worker and queen Asian Needle Ants are very similar in resemblance. Their bodies are relatively long and slender, colored dark brown or black, and they have legs and mandibles that are between a light brown to slightly orange hue.

 

Asian needle ants can set apart from other problem ants largely from their inability to cling to smooth surfaces like glass. For example, if you were to capture an Asian needle ant and put them into a glass jar, you would be able to observe that unlike other ants that can climb up the sides of the jar, the Asian needle ant will try and repeatedly fail to do the same and will then just resign themselves to the base of the jar.

 

Asian Needle Ant Biology and Behavior


The Asian Needle Ant like to set up their habitats in areas where it is very damp and moise such as the insides of rotting logs, leaf litter, beneath rocks, and in loose soil, but they can also thrive and create a nest in man-made structures, like around sprinkler systems and inside cracks in the pavement.

 

The size of an Asian Needle Ants colony can range between being very small (possibly a few doze on individual ants) to large (thousands of individuals). The average habitat of an Asian Needle Ant colony may consist of several nests around the base of a single tree or several nests set up on logs found on the ground of the forest.

 

The Asian needle ant actually likes termites as part of their diet but they can also be found feeding on a variety of arthropods and other insects such as crane flies, crickets, cockroaches, beetles, grasshoppers, springtails, spiders, centipedes, earthworms and other dead organisms. Aside from insects, the Asian Needle Ant also has an affinity for sugar and will send squads of ants to search for sugar sources like jelly and other sweets found in trash bins.

 

Asian Needle ants are not of an aggressive nature like fire ants and will readily flee when encountering humans. Though attacking is not their first option, Asian Needle ants will sting when threatened. Most of the times that people get bitten by Asian needle ants are because they may have accidentally placed their hands where the ants are crawling or in their nests. Basically when they are practicing self-defense. Due to this issue, it would be a good idea to put on thick gloves when gardening, moving debris on your lawn or touching or placing a hand on trees or areas which may have an Asian needle ant infestation.

 

Control Tips for Asian Needle Ants

 

Based on our experiences with the Asian Needle Ant, we have observed that this species of ant likes to feed on protein-based insecticide baits. We have a number of various baits which we sell that can do the trick in managing the populations, but we feel Ant-Trax Ant Gel Bait is the best choice for tackling this pest.  We do want to share with you some tips so you can achieve the best possible results.

  1. Check the area carefully and confirm that you are in fact dealing with Asian needle ants. If you are not sure, take a picture of the ant and send it to identification@solutionsstores.com and we’ll correctly ID the ant for you and offer control product recommendations.

 

  1. Treat the areas that you have seen has had the most ant activity. Please closely follow the directions found on the label. You will have to be patient with baiting as it can take some time for it to take affect and make a dent to the infestation. Trust the process.

  2. After applying the bait, follow up and check to see if there is continued needle ant activity in 3-4 weeks and re-treat areas where you see activity

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