White-Footed Ant

White-Footed Ant

The White-footed ant has become a major household pest in recent years. These ants closely resemble the Argentine ants and the Crazy ants but can be separated by their distinct milky-white feet and they do not move nearly as quick. White-footed ants are commonly found foraging along branches and trunks of trees and shrubs. They feed on plant nectars, honeydew, and other sweet substances produced by aphids and scale insects.

White-footed ants nest at or above the ground level. They prefer nesting sites that are near food and moisture sources. Once they have found their way indoors, they build satellite nests in wall voids and attics. These ants are typically about 2½ – 3 mm in length and dark brown to almost black in color. They are not aggressive, do not bite or sting, and cause no damage to structures.