Sugar Ants

Two Sugar AntsSugar Ants, also called odorous house ants in the pest control industry, can be efficiently exterminated using an Eco Pattern Certified custom treatment.  This approach uses the general biology, specific behavior and over all effect (referred to as  “bite”) of the infestation to develop a case by case specifically designed approach.

  • Biology–  These tiny ants (1/16-1/8 in) are resilient and resourceful.  They can colonize a wide variety of places.  Commonly out doors they will colonize under rocks or wood.  Indoors they may colonize cracks, house plants, and any place near food/water sources.  A colony of sugar ants can be 100-10,000 ants in size and has multiple queens.  The common pest control term odorous house ant comes from the smell given off when the ant is crushed.  The common name sugar ant is based on their diet, which includes many household foods– especially foods with sugar in it.  Out doors they typically harvest honeydew of aphids.  Generally sugar ants head indoors after a rain and typically in winter and spring.
  • Behavior– In different situations the odorous house ant will develop a colony that is specific to environment.  They will find a suitable place to colonize, which ranges from kitchen to bathroom and any room in between.  Because their habits are so varied, the Eco Pattern Certified trained pest control professional will observe, ask questions and develop a custom plan based on the individual situation.
  • Bite– These ants do not typically bite, or cause structural damage, but they can get into food supplies, invade kitchens and bathrooms and present as a general annoyance.  The longer a colony is allowed to establish, the larger the colony will become.  Queen sugar ants are capable of laying many eggs in one day.

Because sugar ants are so adaptable to their surroundings, the Eco Pattern Certified process, which pinpoints behavior, is very effective in eliminating the problem with minimal effect on the home, people and environment.  Specifically targeted products based on biology coupled with deliberate application of products based on behavior and “bite” help minimize the over all effect of the infestation by quickly eliminating the problem.