Velvety Tree Ant

 Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.

Liometopum spp.

How to Identify an 

Velvety Tree Ant

Velvety tree ants have a brownish-black head, yellowish-red thorax and a velvety black abdomen. They have a single node (bump between middle and rear body sections). Velvety tree ant workers come in many sizes. They have an evenly rounded thorax and appear similar to the carpenter ant.

Where do they come from?

Velvety tree ants nest in dead wood in trees, stumps and logs. They build temporary nests indoors for foraging. When indoors, their nest will be in wall voids and insulation and areas with high moisture such as water leaks. If outdoors they can be found under loose bark and rocks.

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What do they look like?

Mouth pieces on a velvety tree ant
Top view of a velvety tree ant
Velvety tree ant side view

Where do they live?

When outdoors, dead wood in trees, stumps and logs if outdoors. If inside, wall voids and insulation, and high moisture areas.


Liometopum spp.




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