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How to Get Rid of Sugar Ants in Your House

Mother and daughter in their kitchen making food.

Do you love the sweet taste of sugar? Do you like to share it with your friends and family? One thing that many people don't know is that when they put sugar out in their kitchen, they are actually inviting ants into their home. If you want to prevent this from happening, there are a few things you can do. 

What causes sugar ants?

Sugar ants tend to come around when food is present so make sure all of your dishes are washed up before putting them away. You should also avoid leaving any sticky substances on surfaces or spilling any liquids on the ground where ants can easily get at them. And finally, if possible try not to put anything containing sugar near your doorways or windowsills since these areas will probably be more tempting for ants than other places.

Where do sugar ants live in a house?

Sugar ants are attracted to areas where they can find food, so the most common place that you will see them is in your kitchen. You might also notice them around places like sinks and dishes because these are their favorite sources of water. They can even be found near sweet candy or syrup spills on countertops as well if they have happened. 

Are sugar ants harmful to humans?

In most cases, sugar ants are not harmful to humans because they don't bite or sting. They can be a nuisance though since their constant eating will attract other insects who might pose more of a threat, for example, cockroaches. Sugar ants do not carry any harmful diseases that can be passed onto humans, however, you still shouldn't have to live with them hanging around your kitchen.

What is the best sugar ant killer?

Sugar ants live in colonies, which means even if you kill the few that you see there could be more lurking around your home. One natural remedy for sugar ants is white vinegar. With a solution of 100% vinegar or a 50/50 mixture you can safely spray this around your home and in the areas where you see these sugar ants. This will not only kill them but it is a natural repellent that will help prevent future invasions. 

You can also sprinkle borax powder on any ant trails around your home to eliminate sugar ants from coming back. When ants make their way into your home they leave a scent trail so that their colony can follow it and find nutrition. Borax contains boric acid which kills insects by dehydrating them, so when the colony goes to follow the trail left by the first invaders they won't make it to your home.

Will sugar ants go away on their own?

Sugar ants will not go away on their own and most likely you're going to need professional help in order to get a long lasting solution to your problem. Try calling a pest control company like ATCO that can come up with the best solution for your home situation. We'll inform you through every step of the process and give you tips on keeping these ants away in the future based on our findings.

Don't let ants take over your kitchen.

Contact ATCO exterminators today!