What do I look for?
Black ants are one of the ants that we lump into a category called sugar ants. Characteristics of these ants include a feeding trail leading back and forth from the food source and a hole or exit. Black ants live in moist areas outside like under rotting trees, piles of items like lumber or traps. Other identifiers are ants foraging in walkways
Little black are omnivorous and will consume both protein based and sugar based food depending on what the queen has communicated to the colony. Little black ants eat meat, grease, fruits, and vegetable which are materials you would find leaking from your trash cans outside. The workers also feed on other insects, honeydew and plant secretions, which you would find in your flower gardens. The time of year has the most to do with the diet requirements of the colony.
Treatment of Black Ants
Black ants can have large colonies so hire a pest management professional for treatment. The first thing they will do is perform a through home inspection to determine possible areas that little black ants are entering your home. The best control solution is to exclude the ants from your home with caulking or modification of your existing perimeter of your home to make it less attractive to little black ants. These ants also have a specific diet, either sweets or proteins so depending on the time of year your technician will use a specific bait and place it near the feeding trail. The ants will consume the bait, return to the nest and regurgitate it to feed the larvae in the colony.
All crawling insects walk across your foundation at one time or another and that is why treating this area is important to the control of pavement ants. Any foraging ants walk across our barrier treatment and bring the treatment back to the main colony.