The Moisture Ant
Moisture ants are common in homes and emit a unique scent when crushed. Know the signs of a moisture ant infestation before it gets too large. They are also known as cornfield ants.
HOW TO IDENTIFY MOISTURE ANTS
Moisture ants are a unique yellow color and grow to about four millimeters in length. They have notches on their backs, broad upper lips, and dense hairs along their abdomens. These ants are commonly found around sources of moisture or in damp environments. The most telling sign of a moisture ant is the unique smell it gives off when crushed. Moisture ants are said to give off a lemon scent somewhat similar to citronella.
Appearance and Behavior
Moisture ants build large nests and are typically only spotted at night when they venture out for food. They will nest both indoors and outdoors, with colonies containing a single reproductive queen ant. Outdoors, moisture ants tend to nest in fallen logs or lumber, as well as in gutters, windowsills, and drains. You might notice signs of infestation such as sawdust or tunnels through wood.
These ants are found all throughout the northern and western United States. Because it prefers to nest in moist places, it has a broad range of habitat inclusion. The moisture ant eats the honeydew of aphids as well as that of white-flies, plant-hoppers, and mealybugs. These pests will also come indoors searching for a quick, easy meal, as they are attracted to anything sweet – including crumbs left behind in your kitchen.