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Black ants

Ants can come in different colors, black being one of them. You may see both big black ants and small black ants, and unless you’re an ant species expert, you may not know the difference between these creatures. Anytime you detect ants in your home or business, it can be scary. What are some kinds of black ants you might see out West? And should you be worried about them? Find answers to these questions below, plus more details.

Western Exterminator is your local specialist in all things ants. No matter if black ants or ants of another color have trespassed on your property, we can help you get rid of them. Our experts understand ant species and will provide an effective approach to treatment.

Big black ants: black carpenter ants

If you have seen large black ants, they may be carpenter ants. The western black carpenter ant (camponotus modoc) is found on the West Coast and in states like Arizona and Idaho. These large ants are black and their legs are dark red. Workers are about ¼ to ½ inches in length (queens are longer). Western black carpenter ant workers are dull black in color; their legs are reddish and their abdomens have golden hairs.

While termites famously eat wood, carpenter ants do not eat it; rather, they dig out wood in order to create nests. Actually, you may be able to hear western black carpenter ant activity. It’s also possible for C. modoc nests to be located in insulation whereas the primary nest is commonly located outdoors in wood such as trees and timbers. If you see carpenter ants inside during winter, their presence may be due to an indoor nest.

Due to the property damage carpenter ants may cause, you should get in touch with a pest professional such as Western Exterminator as soon as possible so any issues do not worsen.

Little black ants

Big black ants aren’t the only black ants you can notice - you may also see small black ants. If this is the case, you may have come across the species monomorium minimum, or the little black ant. It’s not too hard to guess where the common name of this creature comes from - it is quite small and dark brown to black. This species is located in the eastern U.S. as well as the San Francisco Bay Area and the southern part of California. Little black ant workers are about 1/16 inches in length and are about half the length of queens.

Little black ants use dead and alive insects for food as well as feces of aphids and scales. They may also turn to food inside, such as grease and oil. Little black ants reside beneath debris and stones, and can also take up nests in wall voids and beneath carpets.

Black ant bites and stings

Should you be concerned about black ant bites? Well, it depends on the type of ant. Little black ants possess a stinger, but typically it is not big enough to do damage. On the other hand, carpenter ants can induce a burning feeling with their with their bites, as they can introduce formic acid. If you ever experience some kind of severe or strange reaction from an ant bite or sting, contact a medical professional.

Black ants with wings

Certain ants have wings. Commonly, these male and female ants materialize from nests and mate. Among western black carpenter ants, swarmers in a colony may not appear for several years. They swarm during the late afternoon. You may see little black ants with wings from June to August.

If you see many ants swarming inside, an ant nest could be located in or near the property. In this case, it’s best to contact a pest management expert to resolve any problems.

How to get rid of black ants

Ants do not belong in a home or business, plain and simple. If you want to avoid carpenter ants, try to trim branches of trees so they do not touch your structure. Also, keep firewood apart from the building and off of the ground.

If you’ve got a serious black ant infestation or suspect you might have one, reach out to Western Exterminator today. Ant management is best done with the help of someone who’s trained in ant control instead of trying to stop the pests all by yourself. We will use a method that fixes the issue so ants are completely removed. Our pest specialists can help you understand how to keep black ants from coming back.


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