Scientific Name: Lasius interjectus
Citronella Ant FAQs
Are citronella ants harmful?
No, citronella ants are not dangerous. They do not sting or bite and are considered to be nuisance pests. When these ants swarm they can invade your home in large numbers and are difficult to eliminate without professional help.
What do citronella ants do?
Citronella ants usually keep to themselves tending aphids and mealybugs on plant roots. However, they swarm in large numbers throughout the year. During this process, they frequently enter houses where they are often mistaken for termites.
Do citronella ants eat plants?
Citronella ants feed on the honeydew produced by aphids and mealybugs that eat plant roots and excrete a sugary substance. Unlike typical ants, they will not be interested in your dinner leftovers and unlike termites, they will not pose a threat to the integrity of your home.
Why do citronella ants smell?
The scent is produced by special glands in the ant and is likely used as a defense against its predators. Citronella ants (Acanthomyops interjectus) are also known as large yellow ants. The good news is that citronella ants do not cause structural damage to homes. They nest in soil often along foundations.