Common FAQ’s About Sugar Ants
3.What to do about sugar ants in house?
4.How to get rid of sugar ants naturally?
5.What to do about sugar ants in kitchen?
How To Get Rid of Sugar Ants?
Sugar ants are commonly found in homes, especially in springtime. Often the ants come in through small cracks around the door frames, windows, and door thresholds. They can travel in through drains, tunnels, and cracks in foundations and brick. They appear to be attracted to the sweet scents of foods, such as cookies, chocolate, and candies. They can enter homes through cracks and crevices; once inside, they may build small colonies.
What Are Sugar Ants?
Sugar ants are one of the most common household pests. They are very common in homes across California, but homeowners are often surprised by just how destructive these tiny insects can be when they set up a colony inside their homes. Many homeowners notice these insects when they start showing up inside picture frames, where they chew the wood and then leave unsightly tunnels in the wood.
What Does A Sugar Ant Look Like?
A sugar ant is an ant that is shaped like a shiny, light-colored, chowing, grain-like substance—more like powdered sugar than an ant. Sugar ants (also called powdered sugar ants and sugar ants) can be identified by their light coloration, small size, and furry bodies. The sugar ants are tiny, with adults only being 4 mm long. These ants are known as the “sugar ants” for their preference for consuming sweet foods. This type of ant is often found in homes, eating sugar-based foods and fermenting them. Sugar ants are harmless, but if you find these ants in your kitchen or anywhere in your home, you can take steps to control the infestation.
Here Are the Signs of Sugar Ants Infestation:
Increasing Number of Ants Crawling Around Your HomeSugar ants are tiny insects easily identified by their black bodies, reddish-orange waists, and yellowish legs. The ants feed on sugary materials like honey and sucrose, but they may also infest your home by crawling inside through cracks and crevices. In addition to sugar ants, other common household pests include carpet beetles, cockroaches, and bed bugs. If you notice ants roaming around your home, you can take steps to eliminate them and prevent future infestations.
- Visible Nesting Sites
Sugar ants are a nuisance, but did you know that they can indicate the presence of other pests? Because sugar ants live in colonies, they can often be the first to detect a pest infestation. (They can even use pheromones to alert other ants to the danger.) Signs of a sugar ant infestation could include piles of black, shiny debris like sawdust and multiple new mounds in your yard. Sugar ants eat other pests, so if you see ants swarming around your firewood or piles of dead insects, it could mean an ant infestation that you should know about.
- Wooden Furniture Damage
Sugar ants are one of those pests that can appear out of nowhere. They often nest in moist, dark, protected places, including under sinks, crawl spaces, mulch areas, and under piles of firewood or mulch. They move fast, too, so if you discover them, don’t delay seeking professional assistance. They can get into your electrical wiring and cause a fire. Or worse yet, they can cause structural damage to your wooden furniture.
Here’s How to Get Rid of Sugar Ants:
- Make Use of a Vinegar Solution to Remove the Sugar Ant Trail
Sugar ants are a common household pest that can be difficult to get rid of, especially when there are many. One of the biggest problems is leaving behind a sticky trail of sugar secretions, known as sugar syrup, wherever they go. But there may be a simple solution—it’s vinegar. Although using vinegar to get rid of sugar ants is not a long-term solution, it will temporarily halt the sugar ant trail and allow you to remove the ants themselves. The main ingredient of vinegar is acetic acid. Acetic acid can kill food pests, such as ants, roaches, and crickets.
- Place Used Coffee Grounds Around Your Home
If you have an ant problem in your home, one good trick is to use used coffee grounds to trap them. To do this, place used coffee grounds around the areas where you see them. This might seem a little strange, but coffee grounds are moist, and ants love moisture. The coffee grounds will act like a lure; ants will walk right to the coffee grinds and get stuck in them. You can place a coffee grind trap in each room of your home, which will keep them from entering it.
- Set Out an Ant Bait
Ants like sugar, so don’t leave it around where ants can find it. Ants that see sugar in your home will try to bring other ants with them, making your home an even larger ant colony. To get rid of sugar ants, set a sugar bait in a sugar bowl. Replace the sugar every 1 to 2 days. Ants don’t eat the sugar bait but store it in their bodies for later. Ants love sweet things and food. While it isn’t a good idea to buy an ant bait based on sugar, ants will eat it by accident. The sugar they consume can get into their systems, and when you stop baiting the ants, they will starve and die.
- Use An All-Purpose Cleaner Every Night to Wipe Down Kitchen Countertops
A few ants crawling over your kitchen counter isn’t the end of the world, but they can be annoying, especially when you accidentally step on one. The best way to get rid of sugar ants is to follow a few easy steps. Spraying an all-purpose cleaner on the kitchen countertops every night will take care of the problem before it gets out of hand.
- Hang Garlic in Your Pantry
The ants hate the garlic aroma, so they will steer clear of this natural ant killer. The active ingredients in garlic, allicin and ajoene are toxic to ants. So, to get rid of them, sprinkle your pantry with crushed garlic.
If you have sugar ants getting into your home this summer, it’s time to call your local pest control experts. If you have a pest problem, try calling Synergy Pest Control. You can also call Synergy for more information about our other pest control and lawn care services, including ant control.
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