Summary: Sugar ants are found in forests and woodlands throughout all of Australia. Sugar ant nests can be found in a different locations such as between rocks, in soil, holes in wood and even in roots of plants. Getting rid of sugar ants will take more than putting out a sugar ant trap.
There is a specific ant called the Sugar ant, but that ant is found only in Australia. The Australian Sugar ant is quite large measuring up to nearly an inch in length. More commonly, people refer to any ant that has glucose in its diet as a sugar ant.
There are many ants that fall into the sugar-eating ant category including pavement ants, Pharaoh ants, Argentine ants and even Carpenter ants. ***image4***Sometimes ants will eat what ever foods they can find and if sweets are available, then sweets will be on the menu for that day. Other times, those same sweet-eating ants would not give a pile of sugar the time of day if they feel the need to eat protein-based foods.
Before you decide to use poison ant baits you should remember that most ant problems can be resolved by following some simple guidelines. First, seal up any cracks in windows and doors where ants can gain entry to you house. Next, sanitation is a key factor in defeating ants. They only want to be inside because the can sense the presence of food. Wipe down counters with soap and water. Empty garbage containers and line garbage containers with garbage bags. Seal up leftovers in proper containers and do not leave dirty dishes lying about. Mop floors often to clean up spills and crumbs.
It doesn't take much to feed an ant so good sanitation does not mean a quick sweep of the broom and that's it. If you don't want ants you've got to totally clean up your messes.
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