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What Are Sugar Ants? Do You Have Them?

Do You Have Sugar Ants?
Do You Have Sugar Ants?

Sugar ants are small ants that can cause big problems if they find a way into your home. Sugar ants get their name from their appetite for sweet foods, although they eat just about any other kind of food as well.

Identifying Sugar Ants

Sugar ants are small ants that can grow up to 0.6 inch long. Winged males are brown or black, while worker females are a pale yellow or reddish color. If you have sugar ants in your home, you’ll most likely see them in your kitchen. These ants are drawn to crumbs that are lying around, especially sugary ones. You might also find these ants in your bathroom, where they’re attracted to water sources.

Keeping Sugar Ants Away

If you have sugar ants, don’t hesitate to get help from Allison Pest Control, your Freehold exterminators. You can lower your risk of attracting these ants by doing the following:

• Clean your kitchen sink. Make sure the sink is dry, and wash dishes instead of leaving them sitting.

• Mop your kitchen floor each night in summer. This helps get rid of crumbs and pheromone trails that sugar ants leave.

• Wipe off your counters. Don’t leave any bits of food on your kitchen counters for sugar ants to find.

Are you battling sugar ants in your kitchen? Want to win? Contact Allison Pest Control, and our Freehold exterminators will win the battle for you.

The Thief Ant – The Smallest of the Small

The Thief
The Thief

With over 12,500 species of ants identified in the world, trying to figure out which ones are invading your home can be a challenge. This is where our Monmouth County pest control services expertise can help you.

If the ant you are seeing is tiny, it may be the Thief ant. The minuscule Thief ant, at 1/32 to 1/8 of an inch in size, is aptly named because these ants tend to nest near other ant nests and steal food from them. The Thief ant is yellowish-brown in color and is also known as a grease ant, due to their fondness for grease.

Likes People Food

Thief ants are partial to protein, including meat, nuts, cheeses and sweets. Their diminutive size makes it easy to invade food containers.

Living Space

Outdoors, these tiny ants dwell in soil or rotting wood, but indoors, you will find them behind living behind cupboards and baseboards and under floorboards.

Ant Colony Removal

Locating a Thief ant nest is not easy, as they not only set up their own nesting sites, but colonize other ants’ sites as well. Baiting works moderately with this ant if grease is involved.

If you have any questions about the Thief ant, or any other type of ant that you may find in your home, contact your Monmouth County pest control specialists, Allison Pest Control. We offer a no-charge pest inspection and prompt extermination.