Appearance: Light yellow to red, with black markings on abdomen; about 1/16 inch long.
Habits: Depends on artificial heating in human dwellings to survive; infestations commonly; occur in food service areas; will nest in any well-protected and hidden areas throughout a structure; can nest outdoors in lawns or gardens.
Diet:Food of all types, but especially sweets; will also eat other insects.
Reproduction: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.
Other Information:The most persistent and difficult of all household ants to control;
very large colonies, with up to several million workers and thousands of queens.
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