Black Ants

Black Ants

Quick Facts About Black Ants
• Colonies are moderate to very large in size
• Colonies can have multiple Queens

What does a Black Ant look like?
• Dark brown to black, typically jet black
• Approximately 1/16” long; with the queens being visually larger
• 6 legs (long)
• Antennae

What do Black Ants eat?
• Grease and oils
• Meat
• Fruits and vegetables
• Corn meal and sweets
• Worker ants may also feed on other insects, honeydew, and plant secretions

Where do Black Ants live?
• Black Ants are common in wooded areas
• In yards, they can be found under rocks, rotting wood, piles of bricks or lumber
• In homes, they can be found woodwork, wall voids, decaying wood, facades, masonry

Are Black Ants dangerous?
• Although Black Ants have a stinger, it is too small and weak to be effective against humans

How can I prevent a Black Ant infestation?
• Seal all cracks and crevices in exterior walls with a silicone-based caulking
• Store firewood at least 20’ from the house
• Keep shrubbery well-trimmed
• It may be difficult to locate a nest. The best way to locate one is to follow the trail of ants back to it.

How do I get rid of Black Ants?
• If you suspect an infestation, it is recommended that you contact a licensed pest control specialist. Please call DKS Pest Control at (724) 478-5344.

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