White-Footed Ants

white-footed ant on leaf

Difficult to Eradicate

Nuisance Pest

White-footed ants grow to be about 1/8 of an inch in length and are known for their one-segmented waist, unevenly round profile, and pale yellow legs that contrast with the rest of their black and brown bodies. These ants live in large colonies that have thousands—and sometimes even millions—of members, with several ants in the colony capable of reproduction. Compared to other species, members of white-footed ant colonies that leave the nest to forage for food are the only ones who eat what they collect. Larvae and non-foraging ants feed on eggs laid by sterile workers in the nest.

Why do I have white-footed ants?

Like other ants, white-footed ants enter your home while foraging for food. This species will feed on any sweet liquids and water they can find and, in some cases, decide the conditions are good for creating a nest. Nesting locations may include behind wall voids, in attics, under roof shingles, and in kitchens or bathrooms. White-footed ants access houses through cracks in the foundation, under doors, and through gaps around windows. They may also enter through spaces around wires or other utilities that come into your home.

Are they dangerous?

White-footed ants are not dangerous. They don’t bite, sting, or cause any major structural damage. They are, however, a major nuisance. Once they enter your home, they can be difficult to remove completely without professional help.

How do I get rid of white-footed ants?

Ants are difficult to treat because of their foraging nature and colony development. Only a small percentage of white-footed ants in a colony may be foraging for food at any time, and the colony itself may be far from your home or business. At McCall Service, we specialize in finding the actual nest of the ants and delivering the minimum amount of the correct treatment as close to the source of the problem as possible. In many cases, we can respond to your pest need the same or very next day.

Preventing white-footed ants on your own, much like other ant problems, can be difficult. Trust the pest professionals at McCall to perform regular pest control services in and around your home. In addition, we can help you identify changes to make that will reduce the risk of ants, including:

  • Sealing cracks and crevices in your home’s foundation

  • Trimming trees and bushes

  • Securing trash outside in closed bins

  • Fixing leaky fixtures inside and outside of your home

To get started with a comprehensive pest control program to rid your home of ants and other pests—and to keep them from appearing in the first place—call McCall Service today and schedule your free estimate.

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