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Little Black Ant


Actual Size: 1.5 – 2 mm

Characteristics: Dark brown to black in color; shiny appearance.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Reproductive males and females have wings.

Habitat: Prefers wooded habitats in Salina area, near stumps, trees, piles of lumber, or bricks. Indoor nests appear in wall voids and cabinets and masonry.


  • Known to eliminate small red imported fire ant colonies.
  • Most infestations come from outside and can be traced to a stump, tree, or a pile of lumber or bricks.

Little Black Ants in Salina

The little black ant is a common pest in Salina. Typically making nests outdoors, little black ants come inside homes and structures searching for food. They are omnivorous, feeding on both plants and animals. They enjoy many different types of foods including sweets, meats, grease, insects, and even bird feces. Little black ants can be difficult to eliminate because they are highly resilient and there are so many of them.

Little Black Ant Habitat

Little black ant colonies may have several queens and huge populations. Little black ant infestations often start outside in areas with mulch, stones, a stump, trees, logs, fences, or piles of lumber or bricks. Once inside, they will nest in wall voids, cabinets, and within foundations and brick or stone veneers. When populations are at their peak, little black ants quickly spread out in a structure, invading every little gap and crack or crevice looking for food sources. The presence of a few little black ants in your Salina home often signals a larger infestation.

Little Black Ant Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Little black ants have a small stinger that is fairly harmless to humans. However, they can still become a huge nuisance when they invade in large numbers. These tiny invasive bullies are aggressive and can wipe out fire ant colonies. While they favor nesting outdoors, their small size allows access under windowsills, beneath floorboards, and inside any crevice in your home. If a little black ant infestation is suspected, we recommended calling a licensed ant exterminator.

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