Citronella Ants

Identification

  • Colour Light-yellow to dark yellow or light-brown
  • Size Up to 25 mm long
  • Also known as Yellow ants
  • Description Citronella ants have tiny hairs all over their bodies and antennae made up of 12 segments, with the last segments enlarging gradually towards the tip.
  • Notes When crushed underfoot, the worker ants give off a lemon-like odour.

General Facts

Why do I have citronella ants?

Citronella ants like to nest in warm, moist, concealed areas, under logs, in gardens, under patios and concrete slabs, and in the soil around foundation walls. Underground colonies are rarely found indoors, as these ants feed on the honeydew produced by aphids and mealybugs, although sometimes workers enter homes on their way across lawns, gardens, and wooded areas nearby. More commonly spotted in homes are flying males and females swarming to reproduce in the spring and fall. They usually get inside through tears and gaps in screens and doors.

How worried should I be about citronella ants?

Citronella ants do not cause structural damage or reproduce indoors, but they are a nuisance, and due to their feeding behaviour, cannot be trapped with baits. The best way to eliminate a citronella ant infestation is with the help of professional pest control services.

How can I prevent citronella ants invading?

Inspect interior and exterior walls for cracks, Repair and seal any cracks and crevices, Remove nearby wood and organic debris, Vacuum up any ants found indoors, Clean up spilled foods immediately, Keep your home clean and sanitary

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