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Little Black Ant Picture

The little black ant
The black ant's thorax lacks spines, and the petiole has two nodes. The abdomen of this ant is tipped by a small stinger. Each antenna ends in a three segmented club.The little black ant workers are 1/16-inch long. These characteristics also describe these two species is the jet black color.

Biology: Little is known about the biology of the little black ant. The colonies have several queens and rapidly grow within a fairly short period of time. The winged ant reproductives typically swarm in late spring or early fall.

Habits: Little black ants are found throughout the United States. They nest beneath stones, in lawns, and in areas that lack vegetation and most often are found nesting in damp rotted wood. Black ant nests are easily located because they form small craters of fine soil at their entrances/ these ants also nest in rotting wood and behind the woodwork or masonry of structures. Indoors they can be found under the edge of carpeting, in old termite galleries, and will get in wall voids.

Little black ants like to feed on a variety of foods. They eat aphids as a source of honeydew, feed on meats or greases, and are predaceous on other insects. Indoors they feed on both greases and sweet foods. 


All cracks and gaps in exterior walls that provide access to voids and interior areas should be sealed to keep out these tiny ants. All debris from the exterior of the structure and other items on the ground where these ants can nest should be removed. Firewood should be stored off the ground and away from your house.

The best way to exterminate sweet, sugar or black ants would be to use baits. Baits are very effective in getting rid of little black ant colonies. Baits such as Max Force Ant Bait Gel should be placed where trails have been established and in locations where the little black ants have been sited. Unless using containerized baits indoors, they should be placed so that they are inaccessible to children and pets. Sweet baits are the most effective; however, if  acceptance is low, a protein ant bait such as 5% boric acid, apple or grape jelly, and a tablespoon of peanut butter should be used.

Also, be sure to check your trees in the summer. If ants are found traveling up and down a tree spread diatomaceous earth around the base of the tree.Try your best to locate the nest. Placing diatomaceous earth around the foundation of your home will prevent ants and other insects from entering and it is environmentally friendly.



Little black ants with wings are males and females that are ready to reproduce with the females being the largest of the two.



Non toxic pesticide to kill ants under my deck and in my garden.
Dear Sir, Every summer the areas on, under, and around my deck (especially the areas where I have put down mulch)are infested with tiny black ants. It gets so bad that some days we cant sit out on our deck. I have 2 cats and a dog that play under the deck, so I am afraid to use sprays in the area. Could you recommend a completely safe pesticide that we can use that wont cause any harm to our pets. Our garden is also infested and we would like to use something that will not hurt our crops. Thankyou
SUBJECT: Re: Non toxic pesticide to kill ants under my deck
Diatomaceous earth is a non toxic, inexpensive powder ( 9.95) that you can spread around and under your deck that is completely safe to your pets and will prevent ants from entering. It will kill any crawling insect that comes in contact with it. Boric acid can also be used. Thanks


We have a wooden bench in our back yard that is getting destroyed by insects. Around each leg are piles of fine saw dust. We are seeing a large amount of very tiny black wood ants in the area. I really hate to loose this bench to insects, it has been in our family for years. My main concern is that we have small children and pets in the area, and I don't want to use any insecticide that may be harmful to them. What would be best to use that is safe,,,,,,thanks.

RE: Tiny ants eating wood bench
Once again I recommend using diatomaceous earth. It is not toxic and will not harm the pets or kids. Just place a small amount around each one of the legs. It will kill any insect that crawls through it. Any lawn furniture, wood decks, or wooden structures in your yard that make contact with the ground should be treated with something such as Termite Prufe ( labeled for homeowner use) to keep wood infesting insects out permanently