Black House Ant
Ant IdentificationThe worker of the Black House ant is approximately 2.5mm to 3mm in length - body is shiny and black.
DescriptionThese ants are regarded as a nuisance and scavenge in kitchens, garbage and also dog excrement, therefore potentially spreading diseases such as salmonella. Infesting home and buildings in search of food and water, black house ants are especially attracted to sweet foods but also eat honeydew which is excreted from sap-sucking insects, as a result they are known to tent to aphids and bugs on domestic plants. Black house ants can be aggressive towards other species of ant if disturbed. They are omnivorous, feeding on insects and worms, as well as vegetation, such as small seeds Black house ants usually nest under stones or dry logs. The species can commonly be found in gardens. Black House Ants live in coexistent relationships with other common suburban ants, like the Green-headed ant. The most effective control measure is to find the colony and treat it.