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How To Control Little Black Ants

There’s nothing really special 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 mostly jet-black but can also be dark brown. The workers are as small as 1.5 mm in length, and queens can measure up to 4 mm. They have a 12 segmented antennae as well as a three-segmented club.

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 fources.

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.

If your property has become overrun with little black ants, Solutions Pest and Lawn can equip you with the premium products and knowledge to eliminate the infestation yourself. Read on below for recommended products and the best strategy to tackle these troublesome insects.

How to Get Rid of Little Black Ants: Solutions 3 Step Guide

Little black ants can be tough to control without the proper strategy put in place to tackle them. That’s because these ants are highly adaptable when it comes to setting up their nests which can be found either indoors or outdoors. Solutions Pest and Lawn suggests a 3 step process which includes a thorough inspection, chemical applications, baiting and preventative measures to keep ants away. Look below for details:

Step 1: It can be difficult to find ant colonies so it's best to focus on areas where you see ant activity. This will require a very detailed inspection of your home and yard. One of the best ways to do this is by carefully observing them undisturbed while they are foraging for food and seeing where they lead you. Take note of the trail they create. 

Step 2: Once you have found and noted the areas of high ant activity, you can then proceed to treating the areas via chemical means.We suggest using Reclaim IT Insecticide with a hose end sprayer and treating a large area around your property with the insecticide. Indoors, you can use D-Fense Dust  and with using a duster shoot the dust in electric outlets, plumbing and other recommended areas.

Step 3:  Once the areas of high little black ant activity have been treated, we suggest laying out bait to be the final nail in the coffin for these irritating ants. Indoors use a sweet bait like Terro PCO Liquid Ant Bait. Please allow up to two weeks for the product to do its job in killing the ant population. Do not interfere with ants that are taking the bait and be patient. It may take 3 to 5 days to begin seeing results with baiting, but it is almost always more effective than spraying indoors because the ants have time to take the bait and share it with other ants to create a domino effect.

Browse our recommended products for treating Little Black Ants below. If you have any questions or concerns you can contact us any time via phone, online live chat or email and we’ll be happy to help you.


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