Little Black Ant

Little Black Ants prefer food sources such as Fruits, sweets, grease and Vegetables. Workers prey on insects and feed on honeydew produced by sucking types of insects such as aphids.

Habitat: little black ant is widely distributed northern and eastern sections of the United States. The little black ant, Monomorium minimum (Buckley), has highly adaptive nesting habits. Nests can be found in the soil in open areas of lawns or under objects such as stones, bricks, wood and logs. In buildings, they nest in woodwork, wall voids, masonry, and under carpets. At high population densities, little black ants may become widely dispersed throughout a structure and invade nearly every crack and crevice. They are highly visible.

Life Cycle: little black ants are four stages in the life cycle. The Queen black ant lays eggs in the late spring and white legless larvae hatch 3-4 weeks later. The larvae are fed on secretions from the Queen’s salivary glands until fully grown, they then pupate forming the well-seen ant eggs. From these pupae emerge the first brood of Worker ants. The entire cycle takes about 2 months to complete and under favourable conditions a nest may persist for several years.

Control: Unlike sugar ants, little black ants travel along defined foraging trails and are slow-moving. Therefore, workers can easily be followed back to the nest. Once the nest is located, it can then be destroyed. Seal up any openings that ants may be using to get inside. If nests cannot be found, apply baits both indoors and out.

Spray the area liberally with Windex. If you can find the ant trail, spray there as well. You also need to spray all around the room including the corners and any small cracks and crevices. Ants can get in through very small openings so you should go around the whole room to be sure you have sprayed everywhere.Allow the Windex to sit for a few minutes. Then, wipe up with a towel or a paper towel. The Windex will kill all of the ants and deter them from coming back.