How to get rid of sugar(tiny)ants naturally
Do you want to know about sugar ants? Sugar ants are found in many places in the world. You'll find that they like sweet feeding on sweet things. When you leave bread crumbs on tabletops, the following morning, you'll find hundreds of sugar ants on your counter space.
You will also find these ants in forests and woodlands. The ants feed on secretions from tree-like sweet gums. Just like other species, they have predators such as birds and other ants that prey on them.
Sugar ants can also find their way into your home where they form nests and walls, between rocks or holes in the wood. Very rarely are they seen during the day due to their nocturnal behavior.
Well, in this review, we will tell you everything you need to know about these tiny ants. We shall also look at how to get rid of sugar(tiny)ants naturally. Let us get started.
Besides feeding on sweet tree gums at home, sugar ants like sugary foods. They also feed on other insects and pollen, and they are harmless.
You will not feel their bites since they only bite under provocation. They live in colonies where you are likely to find the queen. It's also here that she lays the eggs.
Nectar from plants and honeydew from aphids provide the favorite diet for these ants. They would guard the aphid jealously from intruders as this is where they collect the honeydew secretions.
During the day, they're confined to the nests emerging at night to look for food. They move in trails, which stems from the next, and this is the same route that guides them back to their home after fathering enough food. Search for food is the responsibility of the workers.
Sugar ants are a nuisance if not checked. To keep them away from home is to ensure sugary foods are stored in tightly closed containers. Their breeding season is during autumn. This is when they mate while the workers extend standby watch to the queen. Sugar ants are identifiable from other species of ants from their color and habits.
Banded sugars are one of the species related to sugar ants. In order to distinguish them from the sugar ants, the females have blackheads with orange thorax with the orange-brown band, which wraps around its gaster or the enlarged part of its abdomen.
The male is black with no other color specs. The legs and thorax have a dark tan color. Mandibles are black in color, and the males head's width is larger than the thorax. Its thorax is longer than that of the female.
The sugar ants are generally brown with blackheads and mandibles. These two species of ants have the same feeding characteristics as they feed solely on sugary foods. Their nocturnal habits are the same. The sugar ants and banded sugar ants post no threat to humans.
There are over 12,000 species of ants. Ants are social insects as they live in colonies. In the colony, you find the queen, the female workers, and the males. Naturally, the queen and male sugar ants just as other species of ants have wings. After mating, the female sheds its wings, leaving the male ant to die soon after.
You may get scared of a sugar ant solder simply by its look and pincers on its face. It's just for disguise and show and to appear threatening to predators. It can't sting, and its bite is not painful. The pincers are basically for moving sand for building their nests. It also helps in carrying food into their nests.
All species of sugar ants have similar habits. At night they craw out of the nests to rummage for food, and at dawn, they're back into the nests to take stock of what they've gathered and give company to the queen. At no time the queen is allowed out of the nest.
The caterpillars or aphids which provide the honeydew are jealously guarded by the sugar ants. This is their source of favorite food and they ensure no harm is done to the aphids by the predators. It's a collective responsibility of the whole colony to mark the aphids' territory from the predators. Accessibility of sugar ants food is therefore made easier.
Controlling sugar ants
Sugar ants live in warm and dark habitat, preferably between walls or under floorboards. They build nests using soil. They can migrate from unclean environments to your kitchen, thereby contaminating the food. Even in your store, they can build nests on stored food, especially the sacks, which will afford them a conducive and warm environment.
How do you prevent an infestation?
Food is usually found in the kitchen area. The sugar ants have no business in your living room unless to build nests, or when finding their way into the kitchen. Ensure your kitchen is clean with no food particles littered on the floor.
It’s important to ensure sugary foods are stored in tightly closed containers. If grains of sugar are left on top of countertops, it will attract these insects. Also, thoroughly mop the dining area too to ensure no food particles are littered. Besides keeping away the sugar ants, all other insects that feed on sugary food will not be spared. Keep the litter bin closed and wash it regularly and emptying it before retiring to bed.
Use vinegar to clean the surfaces and any other place in the kitchen, which is likely to have food particles.
Sugar ants may be scaring to sight. Don't scream when you encounter it. It won't bite. Just keep them away from your home by doing what is discussed in this article. The nests they build on the walls make the wall ugly. The moment you realize infestation embark on elimination. Scrapping them alone will not help since they'll just migrate to another site within the compound. Consult a pest control specialist to establish the best method to apply.
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