White-Footed Ants

white-footed ant on leaf

Difficult to Eradicate

Nuisance Pest

What are white-footed ants?

White-footed ants are a species of ant that grow to be about 1/8th of an inch in length. They have a one-segmented waist and an unevenly rounded profile.  Their bodies are black or brown in color with the lower portion of their legs a contrasting pale yellowish color.

White-footed ants live in very large colonies that have thousands to millions of members, with a large portion of the ants being able to reproduce.  Only the members that leave the colony to forage for food eat the food that they have collected.  The larvae and non-foraging ants feed on the eggs that sterile workers lay in the nest.

Why do I have white-footed ants?

White-footed ants often enter homes while foraging for food.  They will feed on any sweet liquids and water that they can find. Once inside a home, they may decide to stay and create a nest.  Places that they may choose to build that nest include behind wall voids, in attics, under roof shingles, and in kitchen and bathroom areas.

Like other ants, white-footed ants will enter homes through cracks in the foundation, underneath doors, through gaps found around windows, and through the spaces found around wires and other utilities entering your home.

Are ants dangerous?

No, white-footed ants are not considered to be a dangerous species of ant; these ants do not bite or sting, and cause no real structural damage to your home.  White-footed ants are considered to be a nuisance pest, and once they get into your home, they can be very frustrating to completely eliminate without professional help.

How do I get rid of whit-footed ants?

White-footed ants can be an extremely difficult pest problem to solve due to their foraging nature and colony development.  Only a small percentage of ants within a colony are actively foraging for food.  It is essential to inspect and pinpoint where ants are coming from.  Because colonies are often located far away from the infested structure and may not even be located on your property, it is important to seek help from a professional in order to successfully eradicate the ant population.  Treatment is best when it is performed near the nest - instead of being widely applied. At McCall Service we are ready to come and evaluate the extent of your ant problem and will provide you with a free estimate. We use a minimum amount of the correct treatment designed for a particular type of insect to give you the fastest and best results possible.

How soon can you get here?

At McCall Service we take all pest problems seriously and are committed to helping you as soon as possible. In most cases we can respond the same or very next day.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Ant problems can be difficult to prevent and that is why many of our clients opt to receive regular pest control service to keep their homes or businesses free of ants and other pests. However, there are some things that you can do around your property to assist in preventing problems with ants.

  • Seal cracks and crevices found in your home’s foundation.
  • Trim back trees and bushes that have grown too close to the exterior of your home.  They can use their branches to gain easy access.
  • Make sure that all trash is kept securely in outdoor cans with tight fitting lids until trash day.
  • Inside of your home make sure to clean up spills and crumbs quickly.
  • Fix any leaky fixture located both inside and outside of your home.

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