Thief Ants


Thief Ants

Color: Pale yellowish to light or dark brown Legs: Six Shape: Unevenly rounded, thorax lacks spines Size: 1.5 mm - 2.2 mm long – one of the smallest household ant species Antennae: Yes Region: Throughout most of the United States

Inside, thief ants nest in small crevices, and woodwork and masonry. They commonly enter structures during hot weather in search of food and use the wires in wall voids to travel from room to room. Outside, they nest in exposed soil or under objects, in trash, rotten wood and cavities in trees.

Thief ants may carry disease-inducing organisms to human food, as they have been found feeding on dead rats and mice. They may also serve as intermediate hosts for the poultry tapeworm.

Nest location is critical in the prevention of thief ants; however, they are often difficult to locate. The best way to prevent a thief ant infestation is to consider working with a licensed pest professional to employ a preventative pest management plan.

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