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Thief Ants

(Solenopsis molesta)

Appearance

Thief ants are yellow to light brown in color with very small eyes. They have a small stinger.

Size

1/32-inch long.

Behavior

Thief ant colonies are relatively small and contain a few hundred to several thousand workers with many queens. They commonly nest close to other species of ants. They forage in set trails much like Pharaoh ants.

Habitat

Thief ants nest outdoors under stones or logs. They also often nest near larger ants, from which they steal food and young larvae. Once inside your home, they occasionally build nests in walls or in the foundation. Thief ants prefer meat, grease, seeds, or dead insects.

Interesting Facts

The Thief ant is a very small ant, and gets its name from the behavior of stealing food from other ants.

Control

Do you live in South Florida and think that this ant may be invading your home? Hulett Environmental Services offers specialty pest control treatments designed to control and eliminate this pest!

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