White-footed Ant

Family Name

Technomyrmex albipes

Characteristics

Type:

Crawling – Biting

Size:

About 0.125 inches long.

Colour:

Black, with pale tarsal segments at the end of all six legs, giving it its name.

Behaviour:

White-footed ants may develop huge colonies containing thousands of workers and numerous queens. A colony of white-footed ants can number up to one million individuals. This species may be difficult to control and does not feed much on ant baits. The keys to control are to find the colonies and sub-colonies and treat them directly. Regular inspections and service are necessary to find and treat new colonies as they move from neighbouring properties.

Habitats

The white-footed ants nest outdoors under items on the ground, within landscape mulch, beneath loose bark on trees, under ground cover, in potted plants and within piles of items, such as lumber, firewood, or bricks. Nests may also be readily established inside homes in walls, beneath carpeting and in other suitable voids or spaces.

Tips for Control

The white-footed ant may well be the most difficult to control of all structure-infesting ants. In many situations elimination of ant activity is nearly impossible, especially during mid-summer in areas where this ant occurs. At best, regular treatments hold the ants at bay, keeping as few ants as possible from entering the home or business. Without such efforts, however, the numbers of ants seen inside can rise into the thousands.

General tips for limiting ant infestations include:

 It is especially important to seal as many cracks in the homes exterior as possible to exclude ants and other pests.
 Eliminate piles of lumber, bricks, or other debris that could serve as a nesting site for ants.
 Keep landscape mulch less than 2 inches thick and at least 12 inches away from foundations.
 Ensure the sprinkler system does not spray directly onto a building’s foundation.
 Regular pest control services by an experienced professional can help minimize the numbers of ants seen inside.