Sugar Ant Facts
“Sugar ants” is a catch-all name that people use for any ants they find pillaging sweet foods in their homes. Odorous house ants, pharaoh ants and pavement ants are all commonly called sugar ants in the United States. The “real” sugar ants live in Australia. There are many species of these ants found in the genus Camponotus including the banded sugar ant, household sugar ant and golden-tailed sugar ant.
Sugar Ant Bites
A sugar ant has a sharp bite, but don’t worry, it’s not life-threatening. It can also spray formic acid which can cause a slight burning sensation. These ants do not sting.
Sugar Ant Infestation
Sugar ants are some of the most common ants in Australia and can be found infesting buildings in cities and suburbs. Their natural habitats include forests and bushlands. Some species live in rotten wood and dead branches while other species prefer building their nests in the soil.
Types of Sugar Ants
Banded Sugar Ant Identification
Banded sugar ants have orange-brown bodies with black heads and rears. They vary in size from 7mm to 12mm depending on the caste of the ant in the colony. These ants forage for food at night. They will eat practically anything, but prefer sugary foods and actually harvest the sweet secretions from plants and insects like aphids and caterpillars.
Household Sugar Ant Identification
Household sugar ants range in size from 5mm to 8mm. They have dark brown to black bodies with some light, almost clearish areas. These ants are omnivores but like to eat sweet foods. The worker ants are nocturnal and will forage for food at night.
Golden-Tailed Sugar Ant Identification
Golden-tailed sugar ants are between 5mm and 9mm in size. They have black bodies with gold-colored hairs sprouting out of their rears. This species will often nest in the soil under logs or rocks.
Sugar Ants In The Home
The household sugar ant is the most common culprit that nests in Australian homes. They will build their colonies in wall voids or ceilings. Homeowners will notice trails of these ants leading from their food source. These ants are usually attracted inside by the food or moisture they find in kitchens or bathrooms.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get rid of sugar ants inside my home?
The best way of preventing and getting rid of sugar ants is eliminating their food and water sources. Clean your kitchen floor after every meal, especially during the summer months, and always keep your kitchen sink clean and dry. Regularly empty the trash and use strong garbage bags and containers to prevent food and liquid from leaking out. Keep your pantry clean as well and store food in airtight containers.
How are Sugar ant bites treated?
If a sugar ant bites you, it is usually not very painful or exhibits any symptoms. If need be, apply antibiotic ointment and ice to the affected area.
Benefits of Professional Sugar Ant Pest Control
A pest management professional has the education, equipment and skills necessary to effectively address a sugar ant problem. Finding and treating the ant colony can be challenging, especially if the main colony is hidden somewhere outside in the lawn. A pest management professional provides their expertise to identify and determine the best possible solution to resolve the sugar ant infestation.