Small honey ants create their nests in the soil of open, well-shaded areas. Typical spots to find a small honey ant nest include flower beds and underneath logs and large stones. They place the soil that they excavate in crescent-shaped mounds on top of the ground.
These ants usually forage for food outside, typically feeding on honeydew that is produced by aphids. However, they may find their way inside a home while foraging for food and will feed on sweets and liquids that they come across. Once inside a home, it is common for them to create a nest. A favorite spot is in the soil of potted plants.
Small honey ants are mostly seen as a nuisance pest. This species of ant doesn't bite or sting, are not aggressive, and do not cause any damages to homes or other structures. Much like other ant species, they will contaminate food in your home as they forage and are difficult to control and eliminate.