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Citronella Ants

Do They Cause Damage?

No, they do not pose any structural threat to the home or contents, and the swarm will subside on its own. 

Do I Have An Infestation?

The swarm can occur on a warm day in the spring or in the fall. Large numbers of winged females will emerge in the late afternoon, climbing up the side of buildings or other objects to reach high point from which to launch into flight. Occasionally the swarm will occur in a basement, crawl space or slab area causing concern from homeowners who fear they may be termites.

What Can Masters Touch Do?

Generally, nothing needs to be done for Citronella Ants as the swarm will stop on its own and no workers forage in the building. However, if swarms are persistent, or occurring in a critical location, treatment can be applied to the soil in the same manner as you would do to correct a termite infestation.

How Can You Help?

Sealing cracks and crevices, and around penetrations in concrete slab floors can help prevent swarms from occurring indoors.

More Information

Also known as the Larger Yellow Ant, the common name comes from the citronella or lemon-like odor emitted when workers or female reproductives are crushed. Workers are generally only seen where the swarm is occurring and are not found foraging for food in the home.

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