Appearance:Dark reddish brown to black, 1/10 inch long; antennae have 12 segments.
Habits: Nests found in a great variety of situations; in the home, often found nesting in the walls or beneath the floor; most likely to invade homes during rainy weather; travel in trails; forage day and night.
Diet:Honeydew melons in the wild; inside the home, they prefer sweet items.
Reproduction:Each female in the nest lays one egg a day; young reach adulthood in an average of 24 days; workers and females live for several years.
Other Information:When crushed, give off very unpleasant odor; colonies are very large, but can be driven away by invading Argentine ants.
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