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Thief Ant: Recommendations for control of the thief ant

Bug Lady posted this on Aug 4, 2016

It is that time of year to start thinking about ant control before it gets out of hand in your home or office.

We always make the statement know your enemy, so really the more you know about how ants work and think the better we all are. We can examine the Thief Ant and take a look at their nest characteristics, feeding preferences and most importantly control methods.

Having the correct products for Thief Ant Control is important, so think about using professional pest control products available at ePestSolutions.com for your ant Control Needs.

Nest site/characteristics: Thief ant colonies are relatively small and contain a few hundred to several thousand workers with many queens. Thief ants commonly nest close to other species of ants. Flights of swarmers begin in June and end in late fall. Indoors, thief ants nest in small crevices, woodwork and masonry. These ants forage in set trails. Their behavior is similar to Pharaoh ants. Outdoor ants are found in exposed soil or under objects, in trash, rotten wood and tree cavities. Thief ants commonly enter structures during hot, dry weather.

Feeding Preferences: Thief ants prefer high-protein foods, but will feed on sweets. They feed on meats, bread crumbs, fruit, animal fats, oils, nuts, pet foods, and dairy products. Outdoors, thief ants feed on almost any organic matter, including insects, honeydew, seeds and germinating seeds.

Control: Locate thief ant nests. Follow the trail of foraging workers back from their food source. Inspect for other ant species that thief ants may be raiding.

  • Dust in the voids outside of outside ground-floor walls with insecticide dust, such as Drione or Tempo, or inject voids with Premise Foam.
  • For perimeter treatment, use Premise,Tempo Suspend or DeltaGuard G.
  • Bait with Maxforce Ant Killer Bait Stations and/or Maxforce Granular Insect Bait.
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