June

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2012

 
two sugar ants in denver co

Taking out the trash often and immediately wiping up spills can help prevent an ant infestation.

Although they may all be small and similar in appearance, there are actually many different species of ants that can invade your home. One thing they all seem to have in common is their status as a major nuisance pest. Sugar ants are one of the species of ants that can be found in Colorado and they could be forming a colony outside of your home right now. These ants exhibit behaviors very similar to other ant species, which means they can leave homeowners with a major headache in trying to control them.

Sugar ants, as their name suggests, are most likely to be found foraging in your kitchen for sweet treats. Any spills, crumbs, or other accessible food is going to attract more ants to follow. As sugar ants find something sweet to feed on they leave a scent trail for their fellow worker ants to follow. This is why you see ants marching in a line and coming in by the masses.

There’s nothing worse than a mass of sugar ants infesting your baked goods, pantry or other areas where food is available. Although they do not cause harm to humans, they will contaminate your food and leave you with a major ant problem.

How to identify sugar ants

  • Orange-brown colored bodies with black heads and mandibles

  • Found foraging for sweet treats

  • Can vary in size from ¼ of an inch to ½ of an inch in size depending on the area

  • Most active at night and during the summer

How to prevent sugar ants

  • Make sure any exterior cracks or holes are properly sealed

  • All windows should have screens

  • Wipe up any spills right away

  • Clean and sanitize food surfaces

  • Take the trash out regularly

  • Keep all open food stored in containers with tight fitting lids

Unfortunately, preventative measures alone may not be enough to get rid of sugar ants in your CO home. If you find yourself in the midst of hundreds of ants foraging for food inside your property, then it is best to contact EnviroPest by Sprague Pest Solutions. DIY ant treatments are generally not effective in getting rid of ants and they can actually make it harder to locate the source of the ant problem. The pest control experts at EnviroPest by Sprague have an effective home treatment for ants that will be able to identify the source of your ant problem and be sure to treat your home safely and effectively as to keep the ants away in the future.