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How To Control Velvety Tree Ants

Have you ever enjoyed a warm summer day in the park and decided to lay a blanket out to have a picnic with family beside the shade of a tree only for it to be ruined by trespassing ants? Those uninvited guests may very well be velvety tree ants which are notorious for being territorial and aggressive. Velvety tree ants, as their name suggests, like to reside in or on trees but they can get comfortable around your home if the conditions are right for them and they can become an irritating pest.

Velvety tree ants are red on their top half and a shiny black in color in their abdomen which is where they get “velvety” part of their name from. Velvety tree ants share a similar characteristic with the Odorous House ant in that, when crushed, they emit an unpleasant odor. They are also on the larger side compared to other ants ranging between 1/8" to 1/4".

Velvety tree ants like to nest in areas where there is moist wood and in the crooks of trees, and often they are able to gain access to a house while on a tree via a branch that is touching the house. Like most ants, velvety tree ants have a great appetite from anything sweet. They mostly eat insects like aphids and honeydew but when food is scarce they will wonder into human dwellings when foraging.

Velvety tree ants are biters and can attack you while you’re doing yard work. On top of biting, they also inject a poison which can be quite painful. If you have velvety tree ants on your property, it would be best to get started on a control program to get rid of them.

How To Get Rid of Velvety Tree Ants: 3 Step Solution

Treating velvety tree ants is not so easy especially if the colony are nesting inside of trees because the nest are usually located far above the ground. Velvety tree ants which have set up nest indoors may be more treatable since they are usually found in wall voids and moist areas. At Solutions Pest and Lawn we have the tools necessary to get rid of velvety tree ants and will share with you the steps we recommend if you want to tackle this problem the DIY way.

Step 1: An effective way to treat velvety tree ants starts with a good inspection. We suggest starting your examination from the outside and work your way indoors. If you spot an ant, don’t kill it, but rather, observe the ant and see what trail it goes on. If you are persistent, the ants may lead you to the colony or nest. Nests set up outdoors may likely be set up in or around a nearby tree. If you happen to find the colony or nest, treat the ant mound via drench method, using an insecticide like Reclaim IT. If the nest is indeed inside a tree, spray the trunk and branches thoroughly.

Step 2: If you don’t have the time to invest to find the ant mound or it’s hard to find, you can try to eliminate indoor velvety tree ants through baiting. What we recommend is a sugar-based sweet bait such as Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel. Baits are a slow-acting method of tackling the ant population so be patient. It may take 3 to 5 days to see results with baiting but the results are significant because the ants will carry the bait back to their colonies to share it with the queen and poison the population and put a halt on reproduction.

Step 3: If the bait is successful in wiping out the ant population, measures must still be taken to measures to ensure they don’t return. 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.

Step 4: Another option for long-term protection from velvety tree ants and other ant invasions you can use a non-repellent spray like Taurus SC  to create a barrier around your home to aid in keeping ants out of your home. Indoors you can treat ants with PT 565 Plus XLO Aerosol Insecticide.

Browse our recommended products for treating velvety tree ants below. You can call, email or live chat with us online any time you wish if you have any questions or concern or would like free advice or recommendations.

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