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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 reaching almost an inch long.

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 or protein based. 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 and is comparable to a scorpion sting. 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.  Find all common ant solutions here.

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

Treating velvety tree ants is not the easiest task, especially if the colony is nesting inside of trees. Their nests 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. Solutions Pest and Lawn has the tools necessary to get rid of velvety tree ants and we 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.

Step 2: If you happen to find the colony or nest, treat the ant colony via drench method, using an insecticide like Reclaim IT or Sylo Insecticide. If the nest is indeed inside a tree, spray the trunk and branches thoroughly.

Step 3: Indoors we recommend focusing in on the interior walls of your home as well as cracks and crevices by applying Fipro Foaming Aerosol. We recommend combining your this indoor treatment with D-fense Dust. The unique thing about dust is that it repels moisture which is good to use in high water areas.

Step 4: Preventative measures must be taken to ensure rover ants don’t return. This includes implementing 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.

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