Sugar Ants Removal

While they may look like a nuisance, ants are a valuable part of the ecosystem and can be useful in controlling pest populations. However, some ants can become problematic in and around the home when they are seeking sweet substances such as sugar, honey, syrup, etc. Fortunately, there are a variety of methods to help prevent these pests from invading your home and to make them go away once they have done so.

Identifying the type of ant that has infiltrated your kitchen is the first step to eliminating them. Sugar ants (Camponotus consobrinus) and pavement ants (Pharaoh ant) look very similar and can be difficult to tell apart without the aid of an insect expert. The best way to differentiate these lookalikes is by examining the nodes on their backs. Sugar Ants Removal have one node while pavement ants have two.

The most common method of getting rid of sugar ants is to use commercial ant bait. This is available at most hardware stores and is a safe, effective, and non-toxic method to eliminate these pests. When using ant bait, be sure to read the product label and follow the instructions for proper placement.

Other natural ways to deter ants include regularly cleaning countertops and kitchen areas where they are likely to be encountered. Wiping down surfaces and sweeping and mopping will get rid of crumbs and spills that are attractive to sugar ants. Tightly sealing and securing food containers will also make it more difficult for them to gain entry. Also, regular trash inspections will keep ants from commingling with food scraps in your trash can.

Water sources can attract ants as well, so it is important to ensure that any leaky pipes or sinks are tightly sealed and draining properly. Keeping pet dishes, food bowls and other water sources in airtight containers will further discourage sugar ants from invading your home. In addition, a dehumidifier can be helpful in moisture-prone areas of the home to help make these rooms less attractive to sugar ants.

Lastly, placing natural repellents around your home can be a good way to deter ants from entering. Items such as peppermint oil and lemon juice have a pleasant scent and will ward off these insects. Borax powder is another option as it contains boric acid which kills ants by dehydrating them. You can purchase these products at most hardware stores and even some supermarkets. If these DIY methods are not successful, a professional pest control company can be of assistance. They can provide an integrated pest management (IPM) approach to pest problems that combines both green and traditional techniques for long-lasting results. Call Gregory today to request an appointment. We offer a full range of pest control services including termite and bed bug treatment. Our trained and certified technicians will work with you to determine the best course of action for your specific infestation. We offer free inspections and estimates.