|Little Black Ant Picture
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
Use what the professionals use--Maxforce Ant Gel or Advance Ant Bait.
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Little black ants with wings are males and females that are ready to reproduce
SUBJECT: 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
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
TINY ANTS EATING WOODEN BENCH:
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