This is one of the “tramp” ant species that easily moves from place to place with infested materials, in particular in soils with plants that are imported from other regions. It was common in Florida early in the 1900’s but was minimized in importance with the use of early synthetic insecticides, such as chlorinated hydrocarbons. With the loss of most of these products as well as organophosphates the ant has re-emerged as a serious problem in Florida. They establish nests under any materials on the soil including thick vegetation, and often nest among the tight fronds of palms. They seem to do equally well in both dry and wet habitats. Colonies are relatively small with multiple queens and monomorphic workers. They commonly invade structures, particularly during rainy weather, where they feed on oils and other foods available. In nature honeydew and other sweet materials are favored.
Elimination of nesting habitat for the ants will help prevent their presence, such as removal of unnecessary materials on the soil, removal of old logs and brush, mowing grasses to keep them short, and preventing unnecessary moisture that attracts the ants. Baits with a sugar attractant seem to be acceptable to the workers. Contact insecticides, particularly non-repellents that may offer a transfer effect in the colony can be successful.