What Gets Rid of Sugar Ants?

We have all seen them, had to clean them up, or had to get rid of them.

A Clean Home

Ant infestations can be difficult to keep at bay.Ant infestations can be difficult to keep at bay.
Sugar ants seem to come out of nowhere in large swarms. Once a sugar ant infestation has occurred, it does not stop until the pest has been completely eradicated. Many families, particularly those with pets and small children, will want a safe and chemical-free way to eliminate their sugar ant infestation.

Although it sounds obvious, keeping floors swept and mopped and the kitchen sink clear of dirty dishes will help ensure that no foods or sweets end up inadvertently left behind to attract sugar ants. Wipe counter tops with bleach and pour some bleach down the kitchen drains at night. Bleach in the drains will remove traces of food that will attract ants, while using it on the counters will remove the pheromones that ants use to attract each other to food sources.

Whole Cloves

Whole cloves can repel many insects. As a natural alternative to pesticides, it works to repel sugar ants. Strategically placing whole cloves along baseboards and counters will ward off sugar ants. An added bonus is that if you enjoy the scent of cloves, your home will smell delicious.

White Vinegar

White vinegar is a natural alternative to using bleach and is safe for children and pets. The acetic acid present in vinegar not only works to repel sugar ants, but is also a cleaning agent. You must take care to use white vinegar and not apple cider vinegar, as the latter contains sugar and will attract the ants.

Sugar Ant Bait

Sweet baits are commonly available in stores and rid the home of sugar ants by slowly killing them. Sugar, the main ingredient in these traps, attracts the ant that in turn eats the bait. The bait also contains a poisonous borax compound, which the ants carry back to their home. The ants then share the sweet bait with the rest of the ants, poisoning many of them at once. Place these traps at the entrance or along the trails that ants use to enter and exit the home to ensure large numbers of them take the bait and return to their nest.

About the Author

Scott McMahon has been writing professionally for over 10 years. He specializes in technology and has written dozens of technical manuals for end-user software and middle-ware services. He is a regular columnist for the Texas Technology Entrepreneur Association's "Tech Buzz" periodical. McMahon holds a Master of Arts in journalism from Texas A&M University.