Sugar ant control is very much a matter of daily routine during the months when sugar ants are a problem (March through September), particularly in the kitchen.Ants invade your kitchen cabinets and crawl all over your sweet treats grabbing bits of sugary goodness to take back to their little hillside borrow that leads deep into their nest. The sugar is then distributed to other ants and the queen ant to feed on so she can be nourished and produce more little sugar ants.
The presence of foraging workers or reproductive swarmers flying around or inside is a strong indicator of a pavement ant infestation, especially during colder months. Small piles of soil particles that look like sand also indicate the existence of a pavement ant colony, as the insects push dirt and debris out the entrance of the nest as they construct or expand the underground colony. The piles are commonly found straddling cracks in the floor/foundation or driveway/sidewalk.
Health risk Problems Caused by Pavement Ants
While pavement ants are not known to cause structural damage or major health problems, the ease and frequency with which the insects enter homes in Washington State becomes a nuisance to area residents. Because of the ants not being picky about food it is willing to eat almost anything, Pavement ants can contaminate and ruin a lot of food found in pantries. The chemical trails created by foraging pavement ants enable the rest of the colony to locate the food source, resulting in the emergence of unsightly hordes/trails of ants and causing further contamination. Throughout the year, indoor nests of pavement ants can produce winged reproductives that swarm by windows and other light sources, creating an unwelcome sight and potentially forming new colonies in or in areas around a structure.
Ways to Prevent Sugar Ants from Invading the Home
Older homes seem to attract sugar ants the most because they have more cracks to sneak through, but ants can just as easily find a way into newer homes too. Keeping homes clean is not enough for keeping these tiny insects away.
Sealing up the foundation and any cracks around windows and doors. Replace decaying wood frames and shingles. Roof is old and damaged, it is best to replace that too.
Spray the foundation with a natural pesticide to help prevent the ants from even thinking about invading your home. Finding sugar ant outside the home or building, destroy it right away to prevent future visitors.
Keep Sugar Ants out of Food Products
Place opened boxed and bagged goods such as cereals, cookies, fruit snacks and chips into sealed containers or bags.
Store flours and sugars in airtight baking storage containers.
Store honeys, syrups and molasses product in the refrigerator and just gently warm them up when you need to use them.
Never leave sticky sugar snacks open on the counter because this will attract them to other food products in your home.
Store breads and baked goods in the refrigerator or bread boxes that seal up.
Wash dishes immediately instead of letting them sit around.
Never dump sugary foods down the garbage shoot in the sink because it will leave a sticky residue and attract ants.
Taking out the trash as soon as its full or right before bedtime can go a long way to preventing ants from crawling into the kitchen.
Never leave sticky foods outside near entry ways that lead into the kitchen.
Keep open sodas, juices, coffees and teas in the refrigerator.
Wiping down kitchen surfaces such as the microwave, stove, refrigerator, counter tops, tables, chairs and floors can keep sticky sweetness away, which helps keep the ants away.
The most common ant baits used to get rid of sugar ants are called sweet baits, and the most common ingredient found in sweet ant baits is boric acid, or Borax. Most household ants (pharaoh ants, pavement ants, and little black ants included) are prone to the poison known as Borax. Borax is a mineral mined in the deserts of California, refined and dissolved into all manners of ant bait systems. It is generally non-toxic to humans, though I wouldn’t recommend inhaling or ingesting large amounts of it. It is a slow-acting poison, which means that when the ants eat the bait (usually corn syrup), the poison doesn’t kill the ants right away. The ants take some of the sweet bait back to the colony with them and dispense the poison meal to other ants. This is how colonies of ants are exterminated, and sugar ants are the easiest ants to kill because they’re small, voracious scavengers. If you want to get rid of sugar ants or kill a sugar ant colony quickly, I prefer Terro brand sugar ant baits. You can also find Terro baits an affordable price from Amazon.
Natural Sugar Ant Control
Using vinegar to clean instead of bleach is a good way to naturally control sugar ant invasions. Acetic acid, the acid in vinegar that makes it smell so strong, not only naturally deodorizes (or odorizes, as the case may be), but is one of nature’s most powerful cleaning agents. We recommend using vinegar instead of bleach on How to Clean Things all the time, and nothing can be more repulsive to sugar ants than a little white vinegar. Make sure you use White Vinegar, and not apple cider vinegar or something like that. The less sugar the better.
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