Little black ants

The Little Black Ants

Common Name: Little Black Ants
Scientific Name: Monomorium minimum


  • Size: Tiny, ranging from 1.5 to 2.5 mm in length.
  • Color: Uniformly dark brown to black.
  • Body Structure: Segmented body with an easily distinguishable waist (petiole).
  • Behavior: Typically found in large colonies with numerous workers.


  • Little Black Ants prefer nesting outdoors but may enter buildings to seek food and shelter.
  • They nest in soil, under rocks, and in rotting wood, often close to moisture sources.
  • Indoors, they may be found lurking in wall voids, under carpets and near food sources in kitchens and pantries.


  • Omnivorous feeders, consuming a wide variety of foods including sweets, meats, grease, and other insects.
  • They have a preference for sugary substances and are often attracted to spilled drinks, syrup, and crumbs.
Pest Profile Little black ant


  • Colonies are typically polygynous (multiple queens).
  • Queens lay eggs, which hatch into larvae that develop into workers.
  • New colonies are formed through budding, where a queen and a group of workers establish a satellite colony near the original nest.


  • Little Black Ants are known for their persistent foraging trails, often following well-defined paths to food sources.
  • They are active year-round in warmer climates but may be less active during colder months in cooler regions.

Pest Impact:

  • While generally considered a nuisance pest, their presence can be bothersome indoors, especially in kitchens and food storage areas.
  • These pests don’t pose serious health threats, but can contaminate food and surfaces they come into contact with.
  • In agriculture, they can protect pest populations by farming aphids and scale insects for their honeydew.


  • Sanitation: Keeping areas clean and free of food debris is crucial.
  • Exclusion: Sealing cracks and gaps around doors, windows, and pipes can prevent their entry indoors.
  • Baiting: Using ant baits formulated specifically for little black ants can effectively control their populations.
  • Professional Help: Persistent infestations may require the expertise of pest management professionals to locate and eliminate nests.

Summary Of Little Black Ants:

Little Black Ants may appear harmless enough, but their presence can quickly become an annoying presence when they invade homes and businesses looking for food and shelter. Get ‘Em Out Wildlife Control understands their habits and implementing effective management strategies is key to controlling their populations and preventing recurring infestations

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