swarm of little black ants in knoxville tn

How To Identify Little Black Ants

As their name suggests little black ants are very small, dark colored ants. They can be either dark brown or black in color; adult workers grow only to be about 1/16th of an inch in length. Little black ants are commonly seen traveling in long lines as they forage for food.

Why Do I Have A Little Black Ant Problem?

Little black ants usually nest outside under logs, railroad ties, lawns, rocks, and in the cracks of cement and pavement. Little black ants feed on a wide variety of food including other insects, sweets, meats, grease, vegetables, and fruits. As the ants travel from their nest in search of food they often enter into homes through cracks in foundations and exterior walls. If your home provides them with easy access to food and water they may decide to nest within its' walls or under floors.

Are Little Black Ants Dangerous?

Little black ants are not dangerous to people or pets. They can, however, become a huge nuisance within homes invading in large numbers and contaminating food sources.

How Do I Control Little Black Ants?

Controlling little black ants can be tricky because you need to find and treat all the members and nesting sites associated with the infestation. Eliminating just the ants you see in your kitchen will not control an infestation. The best way to get rid of little black ants is with the help of Russell’s Pest Control.  Learn more about our home pest control services.   

Little Black Ant Prevention Tips

Prevention tips for little black ants include:

  • Trimming back trees and bushes away from the exterior of your home because ants can use the branches to get easy access into your home.

  • Sealing any cracks in your home’s foundation or exterior walls and caulking gaps around windows and doors will also help keep them outside where they belong.

  • Storing outdoor garbage cans and woodpiles a distance away from your house will help keep little black ants away too.

  • Cleaning up spills and crumbs inside and storing food in sealed containers to eliminate potential food sources.


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