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Appearance - This species vary greatly in shape, size and colour. Range from 2.5 to 15 mm, and are some of the most often seen ants due to their size and often bright in colouring.
The ant’s life cycle passes through egg, larva, pupa and adult phases.
Often nests in a variety of sites ranging from holes in wood to the roots of plants, twigs of trees and shrubs, between rocks or in the soil.
They can also be seen during the day however, they are most active at night.
They are unable to sting, but they do possess strong mandibles which can bite. In self-defense these ants are also able to spray acid from their abdomens to deter predators.
They feed on dead and lives insects, household waste and are attracted by sweet food.
They rarely enter houses.
Though unable to sting and not known to cause structural damage like carpenter ants, sugar ants are capable of biting and often travel in large groups to collect food from previously identified sources. In addition to posing a biting threat and gathering food en masse, sugar ants can contaminate indoor areas where people eat or prepare meals. When collecting food from an indoor source like a kitchen or pantry, the foraging insects may transfer dirt, bacteria, and other unsanitary materials to countertops, shelves, and edible items.