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Thief Ant

Appearance
They have a small stinger.

Color
Pale yellow to light or dark brown

Size
1/16 to 1/32 inch long

Habitat
Occasionally build nests in walls or in the foundation. Thief ants prefer meat, grease, seeds, or dead insects.

Interesting Facts
The Thief ant is a very small ant, and gets its name from the behavior of stealing food from other ants.

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Pest Database : Ants : Thief Ant

What does a thief ant look like?

Thief ants, much like the pharaoh ant, are around 1/16" long in length. They are also mistaken with the pharaoh ant because both share the same yellowish coloring, but a difference between them is the thief ant has two segments in its' structure.

How did the thief ant invade my home/business?

Thief ants are highly adaptive in where they build nests. They invade buildings from outdoors, usually during warmer weather.

How can I tell if I have thief ants?

Thief ants are closely related to the southern fire ant. The thief ant takes its name from their habit of nesting close to, and in some cases inside the nests of other ants, from which they steal food. Thief ant colonies are found both indoor and outdoors. Nests are large and often have tiny tunnels connecting to the nearby nests of larger ants from which they habitually steal food and brood. Outside they can be located under rocks, around walkways and house foundations, in rotting wood and exposed soil. Indoor nests are found in any small crevice, particularly woodwork and masonry, under floors and behind baseboards.

Can thief ants harm my family or employees?

These pests are not a harm, but can be a nuisance. They can nest indoors in small spaces, such as under countertops, in wall voids, cabinet voids, behind baseboards. Nests are often difficult to find.

Can thief ants cause damage to my property?

Thief ants rarely cause damage to buildings, although they can be a nuisance since nests can be difficult to eliminate.

How does Batzner get rid of thief ants?

Batzner Pest Management uses baits to treat thief ants. These are placed in areas where ants are active and where they are inaccessible to children and pets.

The bait is carried back to the nests by the worker ants, where it is fed to the entire colony.

It is important that you do not wash areas where ants have been sighted or where baits have been placed, as
this will reduce the effects of the bait and interfere with the process of the treatment program.

Thief ant control is a cooperative process. First, a key factor in encouraging the ants to feed on the bait is the elimination of all other food sources through good sanitation. Second, it is important to notify us of the location of any thief ant sightings.

What steps can I take to control or prevent thief ants myself?

Some helpful prevention tips:

  • Do not leave pet food out all day.
  • Store opened food products in sealed containers.
  • Wash dishes daily (dirty dishes and utensils can provide a food source for ants).
  • Clean up crumbs and spills promptly. Use garbage containers with tight-fitting lids.
  • Use garbage containers with tight-fitting lids, and empty garbage containers regularly.
  • Basically, keep it clean.
  • Do not use ant or bug sprays. These can cause the nests to split and actually cause more of a problem.