The thief ant colonies are smaller than those of other ant species but may contain many queens and several thousand members. Thief ants are often called “grease ants” because they are attracted to greasy foods such as cheese, bacon, ham, and other prepared meats but will also eat sweets. They are often confused with pharaoh ants, but pharaoh ants are larger and have slightly different characteristics.
What we do
A-1 Bonded Termite specializes in safe and effective thief ant removal treatments. When taking care of your ant problem, you can expect the utmost care and professionalism by our certified team of pest removal specialists.
A-1 Pest Control thoroughly inspects your property to properly establish what pests we are dealing with, and their colony size.
Once the pest is isolated we find ways to effectively remove the pest from your living area.
Once your pests are eliminated, we ensure they don’t come back.
THIEF ANT PREVENTION TIPS
If you suspect a thief ant infestation, call A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. for a free inspection* immediately. This is the safest and most effective way to get rid of ants.
Your inspector will make recommendations to eliminate the infestation and make suggestions on how to correct conditions that may be conducive to re-infestations.
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Thief ants are one of the smallest household ants. Their name comes from the fact that they often live in the nest of larger ants robbing them of food and their larvae.
pale yellow to light and dark brown
unevely round, no spines on thorax, small 1.5 – 2.0 mm long
THIEF ANT HABITAT
Found throughout most of the United States, thief ants are attracted to greasy and high-protein foods such as seeds, nuts, oils, animal fats, dairy products, breads, meats, fruits, and other insects. They can survive and build nests anywhere. Colonies can have anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of members.
Colonies have several queens and they can lay between 37-387 eggs per day. Swarming begin in late July and end in early fall and mating takes place while flying.
Outside thief ants can nest in rocks, logs, rotten wood, tree cavities, and in trash. Inside, thief ants nest in small crevices of floorboards, kitchen sink, cabinet areas, and under countertops. They will enter structures during hot weather in search of food and travel from room to room on wires.
PEST THREAT LEVEL
Thief ants are a threat to humans. Because they forage for dead insects, rats, and rodents outside, when they enter your home, they may carry disease-inducing organisms and contaminate your food sources.
They have also been linked to possibly be a host for the poultry tapeworm. Thief ants have small stingers but are not strong enough to pierce human skin or cause much pain, over the counter remedies should be effective in most cases. More sensitive individuals should see medical attention.