Citronella Ant Identification and Behavior

If you’ve noticed small, yellow ants with a lemony scent in your home or yard, you may be dealing with Citronella Ants (Lasius flavus). Understanding their behavior and habits is essential to controlling these pests, and Arete Pest Control is here to help. Read on to learn more about identifying and managing Citronella Ants.

Citronella Ant

Citronella Ant Appearance

Citronella Ants are small, typically measuring between 2.4 and 3.3 mm in length. They are typically yellow or light brown in color and have a distinct lemony scent that gives them their name.

Citronella Ant Behavior

Citronella Ants are known for their unique nesting behavior. They typically build their nests underground, often near foundations or in wall voids, and feed on honeydew secreted by subterranean aphids. When disturbed, they release a strong lemony odor as a defense mechanism.

Controlling Citronella Ants

At Arete Pest Control, we understand how frustrating it can be to deal with a Citronella Ant infestation. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to control these ants. First, it’s important to locate and seal any entry points into your home to prevent ants from entering. Second, eliminate any aphid infestations on your property to remove the ants’ food source. Finally, we recommend consulting with a professional pest control company like Arete Pest Control to effectively treat and eliminate the infestation. Our experienced technicians use safe and effective methods to control Citronella Ants and prevent future infestations. Don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation and to schedule service.


If you’re struggling with a citronella ant infestation, don’t let it disrupt your peace of mind. Take action by reaching out to our experienced pest extermination team for effective citronella ant control.