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Little Black Ant | Little Black Ant

Size
This ant is one of the smallest, with workers only reaching about 1/16 inch long and queens reaching 1/8 inch long.


Color
The little black ant is related to the Pharaoh Ant and is about the same size but is shiny black instead of orange.


Habits
Little black ants are active both during the day and at night, spending much of their time carrying food back to the nest. This ant is most commonly found outdoors and usually builds nests in the soil under debris or other objects, as well as in open areas and in turf. The nest opening has a small crater of soil around it. Sometimes, these ants will build their nests indoors behind walls or under carpets. The colonies are small but have numerous queens, and will relocate if they are disturbed.


Diet
The little black ant has strong jaws but is unable to chew food. Instead they suck out the liquid and leave any solid parts behind. They prefer to eat the sweet honeydew produced by aphids and mealybugs but they also consume whatever human food they can find. Little black ants also feed on protein from live or dead insects.


Reproduction
Little black ants live together in colonies and each colony has at least one queen. The queen lays eggs that the worker ants guard, feed and defend. Eggs hatch into grubs, which grow into new workers. It takes ten days for ant eggs to hatch. Some ants have wings and if the colony gets too big, these ants fly away, mate, and start new colonies.


Other Information
Little black ants can carry 20 times their bodies weight. During the night, workers move eggs and young larvae deeper underground to protect them from the cold.


Treatment Tips
When dealing with any ant problem, the most important step is finding the source .

 

 

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Advance Select 375A Ant Bait  
Advance Select 375A Ant Bait
-Ready to use, covers 1/2 acre
-Treat ant colony with about 1.5 oz
-ANT SPECIFIC TREATMENT
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$18.95
 

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Maxforce Granular Insect Bait/Ants  
Maxforce Granular Insect Bait/Ants
-Apply 1 ounce of bait around mound
-Ready to use bait, apply directly from container

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$13.95
 

Equipment


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Nitri Solve Gloves  
Nitri Solve Gloves
-Professional Grade Rubber Gloves
-Strong Chemical Resistance
-Recommend for all treatments
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$4.95
 

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Victor Glue Traps  
Victor Glue Traps
-Used for trapping and monitoring
-Provides additional control
-Order by 20 ct. or by the case
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$9.95
 

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Bug and Weed Sprayer  
Bug and Weed Sprayer
-Sturdy Plastic Pump Can
-Holds 1 Gallon
-Least Expensive Option
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$18.95
 


 
 
 
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