September 16, 2013

Thief Ants Will Steal Your Sanity

Thief ants are one of the smallest ants that a home or business owner will encounter in the New Jersey as well as in other parts of the world.  Their persistent pesky behavior makes these ants difficult to control once they make their way indoors.  Thief ants are yellow to light brown in color and are sometimes confused with the pharaoh ant because of their similar characteristics.  It often takes a Bergen County NJ Pest Control professional to distinguish the difference between the two types of ants.

Outside, thief ants feed upon dead insects and dead rodents to satisfy their high protein diet needs.  Thief ants have been given their name because of their habit of invading neighboring ant colonies and stealing their larvae and pupae which is then used to fuel their need for high protein food.  Thief ants are also called “grease ants.”  Indoors they will feed upon meat, cheese, sweets, nuts, peanut butter, and grease.

Thief ants are a particular problem in kitchens because their small size allows them to penetrate all types of food packaging materials causing contamination and the spread of bacteria.

If you are looking for a Bergen County NJ Pest Control professional to control thief ants and all other types of pests contact Heritage Pest Control.