The littlest band of sugar thieves.
What do they look like?: Sugar ants range from 2 to 15 mm in size. Winged male sugar ants can be completely black, while female workers have orange-colored bodies.
What threat do they pose?: Though not harmful, swarms of sugar ants are a nuisance when they locate a reliable food source inside a home. These pests can gnaw through paper, cardboard or plastic containers to feed on and pollute their contents. They may also attract other pests, such as spiders into homes. The sugar ant is a rather mild-mannered ant that does not sting. When disturbed, the insect may defend itself by using its mouthparts to bite. These bites are not painful and do not produce any symptoms unless the person is highly allergic.
How do I know I have them?: In houses, the pests infest fruit and sweets. If you suspect a sugar ant infestation, check your kitchen, pantry, and food containers. They are attracted to spills and stains. When they build their nests in soil, they can be recognized by large dirt hills surrounding the colonies’ entrances.