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This is primarily a soil nesting species, but nests may be under porches or other debris close to a structure, and the workers forage within the structure for protein or sugar substances. Natural foods include other insects as well as honeydew. Nest openings can be distinguished by the noticeable low mound of soil, about 8 to 10 inches in diameter, in lawns or open areas.
Control of most ants includes correction of the attractions that drew them to a property, including harborage sites, food sources, and moisture conditions. Elimination of insects that provide protein or honeydew sources reduces ant foraging in an area, very important for this species, and cleanup of unnecessary debris or objects on the soil that provide harborage eliminates nesting. Ant bait products in granular, liquid, or gel formulations can be highly effective if the ants accept the bait. If the visible mounds of this species can be found it can be treated directly with a dust or liquid insecticide.