Very small – about 1/16-inch long. Light yellow to red with black markings on the abdomen.
Relies on artificial heating in buildings to survive. Infestations commonly occur in food service areas. Will nest in any well-protected and hidden areas throughout a structure. Can also nest outdoors in lawns or gardens.
Food of all types, but especially sweets. Will also eat other insects.
Grows from egg to adult in about 45 days. Females live as long as 39 weeks and can lay about 400 eggs. Workers only live up to 10 weeks.
One of the most persistent and difficult ants to control. Very large colonies with up to several million workers and thousands of queens.