Though sugar ants aren’t dangerous to humans, they are an annoying pest that can be difficult to control.
Pavement ants, pharaoh ants and odorous house ants (otherwise known as sugar ants) are attracted to sweet, sugary foods and scraps–as well as fats, proteins and plant pollen.
Pavement ants and pharaoh ants are common types of sugar ants. Around 1/16 inches in length, pavement ants are dark brown to black, while pharaoh ants are yellow or honey-colored and measure at about 3/16 inches in length.
Pavement ants live in lawns or under stones, and build mounds along sidewalks and foundations near water. Pharaoh ants live in wall voids, behind baseboards or insulation, and outdoors in debris.
Although there is some variation among species, the life cycle of the ant consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult. A single queen establishes a new colony, laying between 5-60 eggs. After the eggs hatch, she feeds the larvae until they pupate. Several weeks later, the pupae transform into sterile female adult workers, and the first workers dig their way out of the nest to collect food for the colony. The entire life cycle lasts from 6-10 weeks. Ant workers can survive up to seven years, while queens can exist up to 15 years. Males die soon after mating with females.
How do sugar ants enter my home?
Sugar ants have about five times more odor receptors than other insects. They can smell food and follow scent trails through cracks, crevices, vents, and other openings in your home and foundation.
What can I do to prevent a sugar ant infestation?
Common points of entry include cracks, crevices, vents, windows and doors. Cracks or holes in floors are also common places where ants can enter a house. Seal any holes or cracks to help prevent an invasion of sugar ants in your home. Clean up your home regularity and remove garbage or debris from your yard and outdoor property.
How do I remove a sugar ant infestation?
To remove sugar ants from your home, first locate and then follow the ant's visible trail to determine their entry point. After locating the trail and entry point, place ant bait near the entry point. The sugar ants will then carry the bait back to their nest.
Sugar ants can be difficult to control, so for a more severe infestation, call Abell Pest Control. We are familiar with the habits of sugar ants and have the necessary tools to remove an infestation.
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