In certain parts of the world, some people are strapping on their snow boots right about now and heading for the hills. Of course our West Palm Beach pest control pros know that this is not the case in South Florida. The only creatures that appear to be wearing snow covered boots in the Sunshine State are white-footed ants. Considered to be an Old World species, white-footed ants have been a part of the Sunshine State’s landscape since the 1980s. However, they didn’t make their way to South Florida until the 2000s.
They feature 3mm long, dark colored bodies and strikingly white tarsi. Hence, that’s how they came to be called white-footed ants. They also have one other bizarre feature. They give off a fruit scent when you accidentally step on one. Perhaps that odd odor may be partially attributed to their diet. It typically consists of honeydew melons and plant nectars. At this point, no one knows for certain whether that’s why their corpses smell like fruit or not.
Although it is not unusual, another white-footed ant attribute worth mentioning is their colony demographics. In most instances, the colonies contain a very large number of females that are capable of bearing a substantial amount of offspring. Thus, they can be quiet hard to handle without the aid of a West Palm Beach Florida pest control professional.
Our West Palm Beach pest control team knows that white-footed ants’ nesting sites vary. However, they tend to be particularly fond of wall voids in a kitchen or bathroom area. That’s apparently because it puts them in close proximity to food and water. We should also note that attics, dead vegetation and clogged rain gutter systems have been known to harbor colonies as well.
For more information on white-footed ants and how West Palm Beach Florida pest control pros can help send them packing, please contact us at (866) 611-2847.