Sugar ant is a colloquial term for any ant that is particularly attracted to sweets and meats.
Every nest of ants sends out scouts looking for food and water. These scout ants explore every possible place within several hundred feet of their nest entrance – and that always includes homes and buildings that are accessible through cracks and crevices.
Odorous house ants communicate via complicated pathways of pheromones. They have a scent used for food resources, a scent for trails back to the nest, and a scent for danger. If you don’t remove these trails, their nest-mates will continue to come into your home!
We swear by the power of vinegar to erase odors and make sure that ant trails are gone for good. Remember to dilute your vinegar in water! It’s easiest to apply in a spray bottle.
The Homemade Cleaner Remedy
Another option is to make your own cleaners that kill the scent trail the ants follow into your home. Removing these trails is imperative because the scent will continue to attract ants even after you kill the current invaders.
All you really need is a little soapy water and/or vinegar. Give the affected areas a light scrubbing and the scent trail will be gone for good.
Good Old-Fashioned Borax
Borax can be a powerful pesticide, especially when you have a sugar ant infestation. The ants ingest the Borax, then carry it back to their colony. The other ants in the colony are essentially wiped out, leaving you with a pest-free home.
However, you may not want to use Borax if you have kids or pets in the home. Even though it’s natural, it’s still been shown to cause irritation to the skin and eyes, and it may be harmful if swallowed.
Can cause irritation of mucus membranes and lungs, if inhaled. Can cause skin and eye irritation. If you’re not completely comfortable with this substance, we do not recommend using it.
This is the best natural home remedy from keeping away the sugar ants from entering the house. The ants get attracted to sugary products and if baking powder is mixed into it then they may get killed by this.