- Color: yellow to dark brown
- Size: about 1/8 inch long
- Feed on: sweets, often entering homes to feed on sugary foods
- Nests: make nests in water damaged, decaying wood, where they can accelerate decay and weaken structures
- Identifying Characteristic: notched back on the ant and nesting signs of cardboard-like tunneling in moist wood and sawdust under entry/exit points
Moisture Ant Habits
As their name implies, moisture ants prefer to live in damp and humid environments. Outside, these ants like to inhabit wet areas such as soil or rotting wood. They are often confused for carpenter ants due to their tendency to build colonies in decaying wood. Inside homes, these ants are often discovered behind walls, especially during renovations.
Preventing & Controlling Moisture Ants
Keeping your home moisture-ant free can be as simple as making sure your property doesn’t have any moisture problems! Some of the things you can do to prevent moisture ants includes:
- Promptly fix any leaks or sources of excess moisture in the home. Fix leaking pipes, make sure your sprinklers work correctly, and address drainage problems.
- Keep a tidy yard with trimmed shrubs and grass. Keep your landscape away from the perimeter of your home.
- If you already have moisture ants, you may need professional extermination services.
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