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Thief Ants?

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#1 Offline lbeachstace - Posted July 16 2021 - 6:28 PM



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Hey there


I think I have thief ants in my kitchen - can you take a look at this link: https://imgur.com/VB6280i to see if I've properly identified them. 


There was a trail leading to a gap around my window.  I sealed off the gap but there are still about 30 visible ants, who are circling the area around the sealed gap.


Does anyone have any advice on how I should properly handle this?







#2 Offline SYUTEO - Posted July 16 2021 - 7:05 PM


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How big are the ants? Thief ants are tiny (0.5-3mm), the ants in the picture looks more like Solenopsis xyloni.

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Camponotus parius x1, Camponotus irritans x1, Meranoplus bicolor x1, Lepisiota rothneyi x1,  Anochetus sp x1, Monomorium monomorium x1, Tetramorium cf lanuginosum x1, Odontomachus simillimus x2, Iridomyrmex anceps x1, Crematogaster sp x1, Solenopsis geminata x2, Paratopula sp x1, Trichomyrmex destructor x1, Anochetus sp2 1, Camponotus albosparsus x1, Tetramorium cf bicarinatum x1, Unknown Ponerinae x1, Mesoponera rubra x2, Polyrhachis cf bicolor x1, Colobopsis sp x2


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#3 Offline NickAnter - Posted July 16 2021 - 7:06 PM


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Looks like a Solenopsis species though.

Species being kept:


Solenopsis truncorum, Solenopsis "plebeius", Solenopsis validiuscula, Solenopsis sp., Solenopsis xyloni, Solenopsis amblychila, Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Pheidole navigans, Nylanderia vividula, Aphaenogaster occidentalis, Temnothorax rudis, Temnothorax cf. nitens, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and Strumigenys membranifera


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#4 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 17 2021 - 2:46 AM


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First step, seal external entry points. If that doesn’t solve the problem, put out Terro ant gel.

"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25  

Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#5 Offline lbeachstace - Posted July 19 2021 - 10:01 AM



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thanks everyone.  the ants are minuscule - smallest i've ever seen.  they appear larger in the photo but with a comparison, they do look like thief ants.

they are in the kitchen, by the sink/crack in the trim around the window.  we've sealed that off.  


we are located in NYS.

Edited by lbeachstace, July 19 2021 - 10:02 AM.

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