Citronella Ant Facts
- Typically Citronella Ants are no longer than 1/8th of an inch in length.
- Citronella Ants are yellowish brown to dark brown in color.
- Outdoors Citronella Ants typically nest near moisture sources and in dead or decaying wood.
Citronella ants are small, yellow insects that, when crushed, release a lemon scent into the air. Only about 4 to 5 mm long, these ants feed almost exclusively on a substance known as honeydew, which is secreted by aphids and a few other small bugs, and have been known to acquire this food source by tending aphids in subterranean “farms.” They rarely venture indoors, but they do occasionally fly inside while swarming.