Little Black Ant Control

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"When baiting indoors with Ant-Trax, remember not to disturb the ant trails or use cleaning supplies in the places where you have applied the bait. Allow 7 to 10 days to go by and let the ants feed on the bait."

Little Black Ants Control: How To Get Rid of Little Black Ants

This page is a Little Black Ant control guide. By using the products and methods suggested you will get control of Little Black Ants. Follow this guide and use the recommended products and we guarantee 100% control of Little Black Ants.

There’s nothing outstanding about the Little Black Ant. They’re pretty straightforward like their name states: they’re little, they’re black, and when they are infesting your home in large numbers, they’re very annoying. Little black ants are actually native to the United States and are widespread throughout the country, but are mostly concentrated in the east coast.

Little black ants are found near wooded areas, in rotting wood or in or close to cracks in the pavement. In your yard, they build their colonies under yard debris, in rotting woodpiles, and under piles of stones or logs.

While they prefer to live outdoors, little black ants can build their nests inside your home if the weather turns harsh. Their nests inside homes of are usually located in woodwork, inside cracks and crevices in walls, in decaying wood, masonry, and behind facades. They can also be found in kitchen areas and bathrooms where food is available.

If your property has become overrun with Little Black Ants, our DIY guide below can give you the knowledge and product recommendations needed to eliminate the infestation yourself. Read on below for recommended products and the best strategy to tackle these troublesome insects.


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Identification is extremely important for control because you need to make sure you're dealing with Little Black Ants before you can apply pesticides. Misidentification can lead to buying and applying the wrong products and will cost you time and money. Below you can find the common characteristics that set Little Black Ants apart.

  • Little Black Ants are mostly jet-black but can also be dark brown.
  • The workers are as small as 1.5 mm in length or 1/6th of an inch, and queens can measure up to 4 mm.
  • They have a 12 segmented antennae as well as a three-segmented club.
  • They have a small stinger, but it is too small to distinguished with the naked eye.
  • The diet of little black ants consists of grease, oil, meats, fruits, and vegetables materials such as corn meal and sweets.
  • The workers also feed on other insects, honeydew and plant secretions.
  • They are active both night and day in their search for food and their colonies can reach up to 2,000 workers, which while not as bad as other species, can still be quite difficult to control.

Use the image and description above to properly identify Little Black Ants on your property. If you are not totally sure, contact us and we will assist you with identification.


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Once you are certain you are dealing with Little Black Ants, you should proceed with performing an inspection to pinpoint the areas of your home where these ants are commonly located and active.

Where To Inspect

Little black ants like to dwell in wooded areas, most notably in decaying wood or in sidewalk cracks. In yards, they build their nests under rocks, in rotting logs, and under piles of bricks or lumber. While they prefer to live outdoors, little black ants can build their nests indoors under the right conditions.

Their nests have been located in the homes of homeowners usually in woodwork, wall voids, decaying wood, masonry, and behind facades. They can also be found in kitchen areas and wherever they can find food sources.

Begin your inspection outdoors. Inspect any decaying or rotting wood in your yard. Inspect tool sheds, gazebos, lumber, and woodpiles. Also don't forget to look inside tree stumps, along pavements or sidewalks, under rocks, and under general yard debris. Indoors inspect wall voids, under sinks (where the plumbing penetrates the walls), behind decaying wood, behind masonry, and in kitchens (where food spills and crumbs collect).

What To Look For

You're looking for Little Black Ants and their foraging trails. Inspect foraging trails in all the places mentioned above. These trails will lead you to their nest. Once you have confirmed Little Black Ant activity and their foraging trails, this is where you will apply treatment.


Once you have confirmed Little Black Ant activity it is time to begin treatment. Remember to read all product labels and follow the application instructions on these labels, and stay safe by wearing personal protective equipment (PPE).

To get rid of Little Black Ants, we recommend applying Supreme IT outdoors in your yard and then applying Ant-Trax Ant Bait and D-Fense Dust indoors to kill foraging worker ants.

Step 1 - Outdoor Treatment with Supreme IT

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Supreme IT is a powerful insecticide that treats over 75+ insect pests and will be perfect to create a barrier treatment because it not only kills but also repels ants. It also has a residual (or long-term effects) that will last up to 3 months.

We recommend using a 20-gallon hose-end sprayer for the application to more efficiently treat the entire yard. Determine how much Supreme IT you will need by first calculating the square footage of your yard (length x width = square footage). Supreme IT can be applied to treat ants at a rate of 1 fl. oz. per gallon of water per 1,000 sq. ft.

Make sure the sprayers control valve and water pump are off and then attach the hose-end sprayer nozzle to the hose. Remove the reservoir and then add the proper amount of Supreme IT based on your square footage calculations and the proper amount of water.

Reattach the reservoir to the nozzle and turn the water to the hose on. You are now ready to spray. Evenly distribute the entire amount of product over your treatment area, keeping track of the product left in the reservoir. Spray your whole yard, around ornamentals, in yard debris, in mulch beds, and where you have noticed Little Black Ant activity.

If you find any colonies or nest, drench them. To do this simply spray all around the diameter of the opening of the nest and then saturate the nest with the Supreme IT solution.

Step 2 - Indoor Treatment with D-Fense Dust

Dusting Voids

D-Fense Dust is moisture resistant and perfect to apply directly to cracks and crevices where moisture accumulates.To use D-Fense Dust you will need a handheld duster. Fill the duster with D-Fense Dust and leave half of the container empty to allow air to circulate inside.

Apply this product inside cracks and crevices, along baseboards, behind electrical outlets (make sure to turn off the breakers first, and take the plastic covers off, also apply to the walls, next to the metal encasing of the electrical outlets) and into points of entry outside your property.

Step 3 - Apply Ant-Trax Ant Bait

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For indoor foraging Little Black Ants, use Ant-Trax. Ant-Trax is an ant bait that the ants will carry back to the colony, and because it works slowly, it will eliminate any ant that comes in contact with it and a large population of the colony once it is carried back.

This product comes in a syringe for easy application. Simply apply a pea-size drop where Little Black ant activity has been observed. Separate each placement by at least one foot. Apply in countertops, in kitchens, in bathrooms, near appliances, near baseboards, close to window frames, and close to entry points.

Do not kill the foraging trails of ants that develop or clean the areas where the product was applied. The point is to let the ants feast undisturbed on the product and allow them to carry it back to the nest.

Allow for 7 to 10 days to go by. And do not clean (use cleaning supplies) or kill the ants that will appear next to the baits.


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After you have successfully treated and gotten rid of the Little Black Ants, you will want to make sure they don't reestablish themselves on your property. Here are some preventative measures to take to ensure Little Black Ants don't return:

  • Start by getting rid of any yard debris which might give them harborage areas. Get rid of decaying wood and rotting food, like woodpiles, lumber, logs, rocks, bricks, and general clutter in your yard. Maintain a regular cleaning schedule by eliminating any possible food sources.
  • Pick up spills, and food crumbs and soon as they are created it. Vacuum and sweep regularly and keep your home as clean as possible.
  • Fix moisture issues around the home by repairing leaking faucets or faulty plumbing. And finally, trim vegetation away from your property to make it harder for ants to get access into your home.
  • Finally, remember to apply Supreme IT every 90 days around the perimeter of your property to make it harder for Little Black Ants to get inside.

Key Takeaways

What are Little Black Ants?

  • Little Black Ants are a tiny ant species that is notorious for invading homes and yards in large numbers when there is food available for them to forage.
  • Little Black Ants are also attracted to moisture-rich areas and will nest in or around your home if the conditions are conducive.

How To Get Rid of Little Black Ants Indoors and Outdoors

  • To get rid of Little Black Ants, apply a broadcast treatment of Supreme IT over your yard and also find and drench any ant mounds you come across with the solution.
  • Indoors, apply Ant-Trax Ant Bait to kill foraging worker ants and the entire population at large. Use D-Fense Dust to treat points of entry and cracks and crevices where they like to hide.

Preventing Little Black Ant Reinfestation

  • Prevent Little Black Ants from returning by eliminating food sources via cleanup, addressing moisture issues and clearing up yard debris.
  • Preventative applications of Supreme IT around your yard and home on a quarterly basis can keep Little Black Ants away long-term.
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