Moisture Ant

Moisture ant is a collective name that includes a number of ant species. Moisture ant workers are typically 1/6th to 1/8th inches long, and they vary from yellow to black. When crushed, they release a citrus odor. Moisture ant colonies are medium sized, numbering anywhere from a few hundred workers to several thousand. Colonies begin with a single mated female. Females are the largest ant in the colony, with a large abdomen for egg production. Males are larger than worker ants, and their sole purpose is to mate with the Queen. They require moisture to survive. Moisture ants construct galleries in rotting wood within which they feed.


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Pest Description

  • 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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