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Velvety Tree Ant
Velvety tree ant (April Nobile, Antweb.org)
Velvety tree ants (David Stephens, Bugwood.org)
Close-up of a velvety tree ant (April Nobile, Antweb.org)
- brownish black head; yellowish red thorax; velvety black abdomen
- single node
- abdomen covered in very fine hairs
- workers of many sizes
- appear similar to carpenter ant
- evenly rounded thorax
- usually associated with hollows of trees, stumps and logs
- build temporary nests indoors for foraging
- nest in wall voids and areas with high moisture such as water leaks
- under loose bark and rocks
- in/under insulation
- other insects
- honeydew produced by aphids, mealybugs or scales
- scavenge on dead animals
- partial to sweets
- aggressive; inflict a painful bite and spray secretions onto intruders when disturbed
- damage insulation and wood by tunneling
- workers/foragers may enter structures
- structural infestations result in a foul-smelling odor
- Trim back tree branches and shrubs that come into contact with the building.
- Seal all exterior cracks and holes to prevent workers from entering.
- Repair water leaks and maintain proper ventilation of the surrounding area.
- Replace severely damaged wood.
- Ant baits may be necessary.
IPM for Ants: Integrated Pest Management in Sensitive Environments (University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension)