Tiny, 1/16 to 1/12 inch long, Rover ants are dark brown to pale blonde ants. One node on petiole, non-stinging. Workers are similar in size. Nine antennal segments is a key feature of Rover Ants. Swollen abdomen covers petiole.
Single queen colonies. Colonies small in size but can have several colonies in one area. Reproduce through swarming in Spring and Summer. More research being completed on these ants.
- Diet: Honeydew from aphids and similar insects is favorite food source. Protein also a food source.
- Activity: Often seen moving vertically up objects and plants.
- Preferred Climate: Moist, warm environments.
- Defense: Small, independent colonies
- Cautions: May need a few follow-ups to eliminate.
- Home Invasion: Usually found in homes near a moisture source. Bathrooms, kitchens especially if leaky pipes exist. Outside they are found in soil or wood piles.
- Repair leaky pipes and do not over-water yards.
- Keep honeydew producing insects to a minimum through landscaping maintenance.
- Pest control plan targeting interior voids and exterior perimeter.
Southern Arizona researchers believe that Rover Ants are successfully moving into our area because larger native species are not aggressive against them, an atypical behavior.
Do not sting or bite.
Can be particularly a nuisance indoors.