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Sugar Ant Control

Sugar ants get their name from feeding on sweet items, normally seen around a home kitchen, sometimes in bathrooms. These ants are attracted to moisture, so any room in the house where there is a high water content, like bathroom or kitchen sinks, will be subject to sugar ant infestation. If you have any type of sugar in your kitchen, chances are it will attract sugar ants. While most sugar ants feed on nectar, most will find solace in any form of sugar like agave nectar, honey or maple syrup. 

 While not harmful, sugar ants can easily infest your property if you do not take the proper precautions. Knowledge is power and the more you know about sugar ants, the better off you will be in your decision making process.

What do sugar ants look like?

Sugar ants or Camponotus consobrinus, are typically 1/16 -⅛ of an inch. Females have orange colored bodies while males are completely black and winged. Sugar ants cannot sting but the larger species do have very powerful jaws and can deliver a painful bite. These ants also work in two separate castes: major soldiers and minor workers. Soldiers are more robust looking, while the workers or minor, and are more slender. Most species of sugar ants live in urban areas, forests and the woodlands.

Sugar Ants in Seattle and Washington

Sugar ants are also a major issue around the springtime in Washington, Oregon and in other areas in the Pacific Northwest. Since sugar ants thrive in moisture ridden environments, places like Seattle and Portland , which experience higher amounts of rainfall compared to the rest of the United States, are more likely to experience an infestation. These ants are more likely to appear in not only kitchens and bathrooms, but in other areas, like garages and patios. If you are experiencing ants in your home and would like an inspection, please contact Western Exterminator today.

How to get rid of sugar ants

There are a few different ways to get rid of sugar ants. Sugar ants like food, or anything with sugar in it, hence the name. The best way to get rid of sugar ants is to clean up any sugar related messes you have in the pantry and store any honeys, syrups and molasses products in the refrigerator. You can always warm them up when you need them. You should also keep flour, sugar and other dry items in tight lidded plastic containers and away from windows.

However, DIY methods like these will only temporarily solve the issue, they do not get to the root cause. That is where a professional, like Western Exterminator comes in, we not only get rid of ants, we can keep them from coming back.

Sugar Ant Control

There are a ton of DIY treatments, like mixing Borax with sugary food or spraying a solution of baking soda and vinegar on the ants or around the foraging area. These DIY treatments, although sometimes effective will only treat the surface issue, and not the root cause. If there are sugar ants around your kitchen, or bathroom, they've most likely set up a colony outside your property. Only a trained eye can spot a colony, and can detect if you have more. 

A professional can eliminate colonies effectively and can clear your home of any additional pests around. Western Exterminator carry out an inspection of your home, use specialized equipment to view trail marks that these ants leave behind, and apply baits and repellents where necessary.