Sugar ants in a home are a common occurrence because they love to come in and feed on scraps of food around the home. Most people often wonder where the sugar ants come from and how they find their way into the home.
Sugar ants have been gifted with more odor receptors that most other insects and this makes them exceptionally adept at picking up sweet scents and following them. These scents often lead to some scraps of sweet food left over in the kitchen, dropped behind the couch or left over on the dining table.
With odor receptors that are up to four times stronger than ordinary insects, it is of little wonder that this insect appears seemingly out of know where to satisfy their sweet tooth.
Where do they come from?
These types of ants often have their nest outside the house in the yard but in some rare cases they may have a nest in some hidden undisturbed part of the house. The good news is that other than being a nuisance, the sugar ant is not harmful to human beings. Often it is a single sugar ant that finds the food and hordes of others follow later.
This is a common phenomenon displayed by most sugar ants such the pharaoh ant, pavement ant and banded sugar ants. The sugar ant scout often follows a scent trail all the way from outside entering the home through numerous places such as under the door or tiny cracks on the wall and so forth. It leaves a pheromone trail that the other ants will follow and make their way to the stash of sugary treats. In no time the piece of delicacy will be swamped by the ants.
Why do they like sugar so much?
Most ants have a sweet tooth and will naturally gravitate towards sugary delicacies from time to time. That is because sugar contains a high level of carbohydrates which is an important nutrient for all animals.
However, you will be surprised to learn that ants that are typically attracted to sugar may also consume other things such as fats, proteins through devouring other insects and on occasion they are known to consume pollen.
How to rid your kitchen of Sugar ants
Sugar ants are primarily attracted to your home by sugary foods, left over foods as well unemptied trash in the home. A thorough clean up of the kitchen as well as ensuring that there are no food scraps on the floor will easily help get rid of sugar ants in the home. In case that fails and you seem to have an infestation despite maintaining high levels of hygiene, then you may want to seek the help of a professional pest exterminator.
The numerous over the counter chemical remedies that can help get rid of ants. However introducing poising into the house can be a dangerous affair and is best to employ the service of professionals for safety purposes. They will assess the sugar and situation in home or yard and provide you with the safest and most effective solutions.