White Footed Ants

Facts, Identification & Control

Scientific Name

Technomyrmex difficilis

Appearance

What Do They Look Like?

  • Size: White-footed ants are moderately small, measuring about 2.7 mm in length.
  • Body: One-segmented waists in addition to 12-segmented antennae with no club.
  • Color: They are black or brown in color with pale, yellowish feet.

How Did I Get White-Footed Ants?

These ants live outdoors in leaf piles and shaded, damp areas. White-footed ant infestations begin when the pests cross over on branches touching a home or sneak inside through small cracks and gaps. Once indoors, white-footed ants nest in wall voids or move back and forth between their outdoor nests and food sources. They seek out proteins and sweets, which usually leads them into dining spaces.

How Serious Are White-Footed Ants?

White-footed ants are mostly an issue because of the large size of their colonies and the pests’ persistence, which makes them very hard to control or eliminate. They don’t cause structural damage, bite, or sting. However, because each colony of white-footed ants contains up to 3 million individuals, unsightly trailing lines of the insects often appear along countertops, walls, and baseboards in infested homes. They are also likely to infest foods and cause the homeowner to throw out foods that are contaminated.

Signs Of Infestation

Evidence of a trail of ants leading to and from their nest sites is the most obvious sign of an infestation.

How Do I Get Rid of White-Footed Ants?

What Orkin Does
It is difficult to control a white-footed ant infestation, as they eat various foods and their small body size enables them to enter most structures. Their colonies are large, and they build multiple nests close to a parent colony. To address a white-footed ant infestation, contact your pest management professional (PMP) and request a thorough inspection.

Your PMP will recommend proactive methods such as trimming trees and landscaping so they do not touch the foundation, roof, or siding. Sealing cracks and gaps that can allow ant entry inside the home is another effective prevention method. They will also inspect commonly infested plants such as:

  • Blooming Flowers

  • Fruit Trees

  • Palm Trees

Your local Orkin technician is trained to help manage white-footed ants and similar pests. Since every building or home is different, your Orkin technician will design a unique program for your situation.

Orkin can provide the right solution to keep white-footed ants in their place…out of your home, or business.


Behavior, Diet, & Habits

What Do They Eat?
This ant species feeds on honeydew produced by aphids, scales, and mealy bugs that they protect, in addition to:

  • Dead insects
  • Plant secretions
  • Proteins
  • Sweets

Geographic Range
Within the United States, white-footed ants are prevalent in Florida with infestations also documented in Georgia, South Carolina, and Louisiana. White-footed ants infest both urban and suburban habitats, spreading to other areas through the transportation of infested landscaping materials and plants.

Reproduction
During June and July in southern Florida, males and females swarm and mate, an activity that produces egg-laying queens that establish and care for the new colony.