The Thief Ant – The Smallest of the Small

The Thief
The Thief

With over 12,500 species of ants identified in the world, trying to figure out which ones are invading your home can be a challenge. This is where our Monmouth County pest control services expertise can help you.

If the ant you are seeing is tiny, it may be the Thief ant. The minuscule Thief ant, at 1/32 to 1/8 of an inch in size, is aptly named because these ants tend to nest near other ant nests and steal food from them. The Thief ant is yellowish-brown in color and is also known as a grease ant, due to their fondness for grease.

Likes People Food

Thief ants are partial to protein, including meat, nuts, cheeses and sweets. Their diminutive size makes it easy to invade food containers.

Living Space

Outdoors, these tiny ants dwell in soil or rotting wood, but indoors, you will find them behind living behind cupboards and baseboards and under floorboards.

Ant Colony Removal

Locating a Thief ant nest is not easy, as they not only set up their own nesting sites, but colonize other ants’ sites as well. Baiting works moderately with this ant if grease is involved.

If you have any questions about the Thief ant, or any other type of ant that you may find in your home, contact your Monmouth County pest control specialists, Allison Pest Control. We offer a no-charge pest inspection and prompt extermination.