Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History


The Ants of The Santa Barbara
Museum of Natural History
Monomorium minimum
The little black ant - native

About this ant

Description

This species can be recognized by the following characteristics:
  • Dark brown to black
  • 1 to 1.5 mm in length
  • 2 petiolar nodes
  • 12 segmented antennae

Distribution

This ant species is found throughout the US, and are generally more common in the eastern US. In California they are most active during the summer months.

Ecology

Monomorium minimum can nest either indoors or outdoors. When they invade homes they establish nests in the woodwork and the mortar. Outdoors, this ant prefers decaying woods, loose soil, and the underside of rocks. Their colonies range in size from moderate to large and contain many queens. These ants will eat almost anything, including aphid honeydew, pollen, sweets, meats, grease, fruit, vegetables, and bread.

Links

Methods of control and other information
Ohio state university houshold ants fact sheet
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