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White-footed Ants

What do white-footed ants look like?

White-footed ants are black or brown in color and have pale-yellowish colored feet.  They have a one-segmented waist, and a 12- segmented antennae with no club on the end.  They are a fairly small species with adults growing to be about 2.7 mm in length. 

Are white-footed ants dangerous?

White-footed ants are not considered to be dangerous because they do not bite or sting.  While they may not be dangerous, they are a huge nuisance for homeowners to deal with because of their extremely large colony size of up to 3 million members.  This species is very difficult to eradicate from homes.


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Why do I have white-footed ants?

White-footed ants are often found in both urban and suburban areas.  They are spread through the transportation of landscaping materials and plants.  Purchasing already infested goods and introducing the ants into a home is common.  White-footed ants will also get into homes as they are foraging for food sources.  They feed on a variety of foods including sweets, proteins, dead insects, plant secretions, and honeydew produced by aphids and other insects.

Where do white-footed ants nest? 

White-footed ants have very large colonies and are known for creating multiple nesting sites both outside and inside of homes and other buildings.  Outside they can be found nesting in trees and bushes, under loose mulch, piles of leaves, and under other debris.  Inside they can be found nesting in attic areas and behind wall voids.  

How do I get rid of white-footed ants? 

The best way to get rid of a problem with white-footed ants is to call a professional pest control expert.  These ants are very difficult to get rid of because of the extremely large size of their colony and multiple nesting areas.  The professionals here at Hoffers have the experience, training, and knowledge to find and eliminate any nesting areas and actual ants that have invaded your home and property.  If white-footed ants have invaded your home contact us today for more information about how our residential pest control services can effectively get rid of them for you!

White-footed ant prevention tips 

Preventing white-footed ants from getting into your home is a difficult task, which is why it is best left to the professionals, but here are some steps that you can take to help prevent an infestation:

  • Trim back trees and shrubs from the exterior of your home, they will use their branches to gain easy access inside.

  • Keep a barrier between any mulch or grass and your home’s foundation.

  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors; and caulk any open space around windows and doors.

  • Seal any gaps or spaces in your home’s foundation or exterior walls.

  • Make sure that all screens are completely intact.

  • Store any wood or log piles away from your home and remove piles of leaves or other debris from your property.

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