Small/False Honey Ant

Category: Ants

Scientific Name: Prenolepis Imparis (Say)


Color: Body is yellowish to blackish brown with a dark abdomen

Size: Body is 2-4 mm long, and is covered with numerous short hairs

Region: Found throughout the US and Canada

Important Considerations:

  • This ant’s name comes from its small size and because it is very fond of honeydew
  • These ants will eat honeydew until their abdomen swells up like a tiny balloon
  • Honey ants nest in soil, or in shady moist areas
  • Swarming happens from March until April, with a majority of the mating occurring on the ground
  • These ants are very cold tolerant, more so than other ants, and they can work at night or on cool, cloudy days
  • They feed on dead or alive insects, overripe fruit juice, juice from flower buds, and germinating seeds of long leaf pines

Where to Find Them on Your Property?

You can find Small/False Honey Ants living beneath slab foundations or stones, and they can come up through joints or cracks in the foundation. They will sometimes forage indoors where they might feed on foods such as sweet corn, meats, corned beef, cakes, bread, sugar, honey, syrup, watermelon and other fruits. If you notice them inside your property, they are likely coming from an exterior wall.