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An ant species that has been recently making headlines is the little yellow ant. While it is very small, like their name suggests, being 2 millimeters long at the most, they can cause very big problems via their rapid breeding and formations of super colonies with gigantic ant populations.

Little yellow ants first started appearing in the states, particularly in Florida, in early 2017 and by mid 2017 their residence increase ten-fold and they began dominating the area of South Florida which researchers believe to be due to the aftermath Hurricane Irma. 

Solutions Pest & Lawn has been keeping a close eye on the developments in Florida and have control measures in mind to keep this invasive ant species from spreading and doing further damage.

Little Yellow Ant Background Information

Little yellow ants Plagiolepis alluaudi are very tiny that they could be hard to detect. They are about 1/16th of an inch long. They are yellow to light brown in color and are native to Madagascar and prefers tropical areas which makes it no surprise that they have been thriving in South Florida’s climate. What makes this ant so difficult to control is that they can create supercolonies with multiple queens. 

Unlike most ants, little yellow ants prefer to nest indoors over outdoors. They are notorious for being found in establishments that handle large amounts of foods like hotels, grocery stores and hospitals. Inside, they nest in warm, humid areas wherever there is plenty of food and water nearby. Like many other ants, little yellow ants primarily like to eat sweets and sugar-based foods as well as food that is really greasy. 

Outdoors they enjoy Flower nectar and honeydew discharged by sap-sucking insects and have been of some concern to agricultural farmers with their presence. Yellow ants are attracted to insects like aphids, mealybugs, and scale insects, all of which produce honeydew, this invasive species may potentially impact agriculture by harming crops and ornamental plants. Little yellow ants will go out of their way to protect these pests in exchange for their sweet food. Fortunately, little yellow ants don’t sting or bite but their presence, especially in large numbers can be an annoying problem.

If your home or place of establishment has become infested with little yellow ants, Solutions Pest and Lawn can equip you with the best products and knowledge to eliminate the infestation yourself. Keep reading below to learn the best recommended products for little yellow ant control and the best strategy to tackle these nuisances.

HOW TO GET RID OF LITTLE YELLOW ANTS: 3 STEP SOLUTION

An effective little yellow ant elimination program is not as simple as purchasing a product that targets ants, spraying it around and calling it a day. Little yellow ants need to be dealt with in a more sophisticated fashion because they are a clever insect. For that reason, baiting is the most effective way to get rid of little yellow ants. By following the steps we laid out below you can get rid of little yellow ants all by yourself.

Step 1: Locate the areas of high ant activity. This will require a very detailed inspection of your home. You cannot tackle the ant problem until you are aware of their hot spots. One of the best ways to do this is by carefully observing ants that are wandering and taking note of the trail they create while foraging for food. Mark these areas. If the trail isn’t made obvious, use a harmless bait like peanut butter and wait for ants to come to it and you will then notice their ant trail, which will be vital in the ant baiting process.


Step 2:
Once you have made note of the ant trails, you can then proceed with baiting the area in a strategic fashion, preferably along the ant trail you have marked. What we recommend is a sugar-based sweet bait such as Ant-Trax Ant Gel Bait. Please give the bait product 2 weeks to do its job before taking further action or reapplying. It is very important not to disrupt ant activity while bait is out. Leave them be and let them take the bait to their nesting sites to share amongst one another to create the desired domino effect.


Step 3:
You can use a insecticide spray such as Reclaim IT to create a barrier around your home to aid in keeping little yellow ants out of your home as well as apply around voids, cracks and crevices in the kitchen and bathrooms. Do not spray in areas where bait has been laid out as it will render the bait ineffective.


Step 4:
After the baits have taken care of your little yellow ant problem, you will need to take proactive measures to make sure they don’t come back. This includes implementing preventative measures such as: reducing moisture by fixing leaks, thoroughly cleaning your home (particularly the kitchen) to clear up crumbs and grease, sealing up cracks and crevices with caulk, clearing off debris and firewood from your home and trimming trees that touch your home.

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

 

Learn More About Little Yellow Ants

The Plagiolepis alluaudi, commonly known as the little yellow ant, is an invasive ant species that is native to Africa (specifically in Madagascar) which has rapidly been spreading around the world. Trace of the little yellow ant sprang up in the Caribbean Islands of Barbados, St. Lucia and Nevis.

 

The little yellow ant has also been reported to have been established in Australia and Hawaii as well and they have now have made their presence felt in the United States by appearing in the southern part of Florida.

 

The little yellow ant was spotted in southern Florida in the early part of 2017 and in just a period of six months they have overtaken areas previously dominated by other ant species, like the big headed ant, and have driven them out of lands to occupy it for themselves.

 

Little Yellow Ant Behavior

Based on scientific observations, little yellow ants have a knack for multiplying at an alarming rate usually by going undetected. As their name implies, these ants are very tiny (less than 2mm) and thus they may not be easily noticed and once they are, the population size of their colony may have already ballooned to an enormous size.

 

While it may be startling to see these little yellow ants on a property, they thankfully do not bite or sting. However just because of their large number, they can be a nuisance that should be eliminated if they’ve established themselves inside a home or building or set up a nest right outside because best believe they will start trekking on indoors when foraging for food.



Little Yellow Ant Habitat

Little yellow ants may be little, but their colony sizes are anything but small. Little yellow ants are known to develop a very elaborate nesting system which contains more than one queen churning out hundreds and hundreds of eggs. In turn, an establishment of a little yellow ant colony can very quickly turn into a super colony without intervention.

 

Outdoors, little yellow ants set up their nests Nests were detected in dead tree branches as well as on living trees and areas in the soil with a lot of leaf litter. It is not known whether they can set up nests in a home but they can definitely infest a home when they are out foraging for food.

 

As far as how they got here? People are attributing the little ant invasion to the aftermath of 2017’s Hurricane Irma. The strong winds of the storm moves a lot of plant debris around and may have served as a mode of transportation for the little yellow ants, as their presence crept up in Florida soon after.

 

Scientists, pest control experts and entomologists hope to contain the little yellow ant invasion to Florida, but you just never know with invasive species, they may slip through the cracks and spread their presence into the rest of the United States.

 

As of right now there isn’t much information on the little yellow ant and it’s impact on agriculture and the economy aside from the species having a partnership with plant eating insects like aphids and mealybugs, offering the plants protection in exchange for the sweet honeydew they secrete. As more research is done, we will update our info on the little yellow ant accordingly.

Managing a Little Yellow Ant Infestation

Though there is little information to go on about the little yellow ant species, what has been observed is that the little yellow ant likes sweet foods. Outdoors the sweets they go after are honeydew and indoors it’s whatever sweet food item that has been spilled or is laid out.

 

This is why if you do spot a little yellow ant outbreak in your home, our biggest recommendation to control them is to use a sweet insecticide bait. We highly suggest using Ant Trax Ant Bait Gel as it is a sweet bait that contains numerous attractants that the little yellow ants will not be able to resist.

 

For more helpful ant control advice, call us at 800-479-6583, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or live chat with us on our website or on Facebook! Our experts are standing by and willing to assist.

Learn More About Little Yellow Ants

 

The Plagiolepis alluaudi, commonly known as the little yellow ant, is an invasive ant species that is native to Africa (specifically in Madagascar) which has rapidly been spreading around the world. Trace of the little yellow ant sprang up in the Caribbean Islands of Barbados, St. Lucia and Nevis.

 

The little yellow ant has also been reported to have been established in Australia and Hawaii as well and they have now have made their presence felt in the United States by appearing in the southern part of Florida.

 

The little yellow ant was spotted in southern Florida in the early part of 2017 and in just a period of six months they have overtaken areas previously dominated by other ant species, like the big headed ant, and have driven them out of lands to occupy it for themselves.

 

Little Yellow Ant Behavior

Based on scientific observations, little yellow ants have a knack for multiplying at an alarming rate usually by going undetected. As their name implies, these ants are very tiny (less than 2mm) and thus they may not be easily noticed and once they are, the population size of their colony may have already ballooned to an enormous size.

 

While it may be startling to see these little yellow ants on a property, they thankfully do not bite or sting. However just because of their large number, they can be a nuisance that should be eliminated if they’ve established themselves inside a home or building or set up a nest right outside because best believe they will start trekking on indoors when foraging for food.



Little Yellow Ant Habitat

Little yellow ants may be little, but their colony sizes are anything but small. Little yellow ants are known to develop a very elaborate nesting system which contains more than one queen churning out hundreds and hundreds of eggs. In turn, an establishment of a little yellow ant colony can very quickly turn into a super colony without intervention.

 

Outdoors, little yellow ants set up their nests Nests were detected in dead tree branches as well as on living trees and areas in the soil with a lot of leaf litter. It is not known whether they can set up nests in a home but they can definitely infest a home when they are out foraging for food.

 

As far as how they got here? People are attributing the little ant invasion to the aftermath of 2017’s Hurricane Irma. The strong winds of the storm moves a lot of plant debris around and may have served as a mode of transportation for the little yellow ants, as their presence crept up in Florida soon after.

 

Scientists, pest control experts and entomologists hope to contain the little yellow ant invasion to Florida, but you just never know with invasive species, they may slip through the cracks and spread their presence into the rest of the United States.

 

As of right now there isn’t much information on the little yellow ant and it’s impact on agriculture and the economy aside from the species having a partnership with plant eating insects like aphids and mealybugs, offering the plants protection in exchange for the sweet honeydew they secrete. As more research is done, we will update our info on the little yellow ant accordingly.

Managing a Little Yellow Ant Infestation

Though there is little information to go on about the little yellow ant species, what has been observed is that the little yellow ant likes sweet foods. Outdoors the sweets they go after are honeydew and indoors it’s whatever sweet food item that has been spilled or is laid out.

 

This is why if you do spot a little yellow ant outbreak in your home, our biggest recommendation to control them is to use a sweet insecticide bait. We highly suggest using Ant Trax Ant Bait Gel as it is a sweet bait that contains numerous attractants that the little yellow ants will not be able to resist.

 

For more helpful ant control advice, call us at 800-479-6583, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or live chat with us on our website or on Facebook! Our experts are standing by and willing to assist.

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