Little Black Ants

Quick Facts

Risk Factors

  • Family
  • Home
  • Pet


  • season Summer
  • season Spring



0.06 - 0.16 inch

Inch Long


Round, Asymmetrical

What do Little Black Ants look like?

Little black ants are only about 1/16 of an inch long and jet black. Little is known about Little Black Ants or biology ants even though they are found throughout the United States. The small black ants typically swarm in late spring or early fall. They have a stinger but like the rest of this ant, it’s tiny.

What are the signs of Little Black Ants?

Little black ants live in large colonies which can contain up to 2,000 workers and many queens. They forage in trails. You might have seen a trail along a sidewalk or making their way into your kitchen cabinets. They are attracted to meats, greases, and sweets. Colonies can be located high in trees or on a neighboring property. A large number of trees and other conditions may create a high risk of re-infestation.

Outside, little black ants nest beneath stones, in lawns, and in dry areas. These ants form small craters of fine soil at the entrances of their homes, known as ant hills. Inside, ants can be found under the edge of the carpeting, in old termite galleries, and in-wall voids.

Little black ants mostly live and nest outside. Once inside, little black ants will contaminate food. They can be found almost everywhere in your home as the ant colony grows.

What Damage do Little Black Ants cause?

Most infestations inside are the result of workers searching for food. On occasion, a colony or part of a colony may establish itself inside a wall, behind brick veneer or beneath the carpet by a doorway.

How do you prevent Little Black Ants?

Preventing little black ants or any other pest can be a difficult task, but along with having year-round pest control services in place, there are a few things that you can do to aid in preventing little black ants from coming indoors. Here are some useful steps to take:

Caulk any voids or spaces around windows, doors, pipes, and utility entrances.
Repair or replace a damaged door and/or window screens.
Remove and replace any water damaged wood or insulation from your home.
Properly store food in your kitchen and or pantry by sealing it in either glass or plastic containers or in the refrigerator.
Do not leave food out on counters or dirty dishes in the sink for long periods of time.

How do I get rid of Little Black Ants?

These ants are a nuisance once they make their way indoors. They can be very difficult to completely eliminate from your home without the help of a professional pest service.

Can Little Black Ants hurt me?

Little black ants can contaminate food with Salmonella and various other diseases. They’re known to roam around your house, in the pantry, bathroom, and the trash and if they touch your food afterward, it could spread harmful bacteria.

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What to Expect when Suburban Exterminating Arrives

These ants are hard to control and may not eat ant baits. Experts must find the many colonies and treat them directly. Regular inspections and service are necessary to find and treat new colonies as they move in from neighboring properties. An infestation sometimes can be controlled using over-the-counter products, but surviving ants can start a new colony. A trained pest control professional can help you get rid of ants.

For more information about getting rid of little black ants, or to schedule your free inspection call Suburban Exterminating today!