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What are Ants Most Attracted To + Tips on How To Get Rid of Them!

by Heather Whitney 3 months ago in how to
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What attracts ants to your home?

If you've ever had an ant infestation, you know how aggravating they can be. Ants enter for a variety of reasons, but the most common are food, water, and refuge. Ants infest your home to fulfill the hierarchy of their own needs.

To begin, ants seek water to stay hydrated, and they are particularly drawn to standing or stagnant water. Ants will most likely be walking in or around your kitchen sink. Drain any dishwater or bathwater, and never leave a beverage on the counter alone.

What Foods are Ants Attracted To?

Sugar is the most appealing food to ants. Sugar is unfortunately present in almost all foods and beverages. Drinks containing high fructose corn syrup and other sweet-smelling meals are favorites of theirs.

Food crumbs and spills are very beneficial to the ants' health. In fact, ants prefer foods that have a strong odor. Many ants are attracted to oil and grease, as well as dead insects and organic debris like tree branches and leaves.

What Smells are Ants Attracted to?

Ants have a keen sense of smell, which they employ to locate readily available food sources. Candy, sweet-scented foods, carbohydrates, sugary drinks, fruit-scented candles, meat, perfume, nuts, seeds, grease, oil fats, and soiled laundry are all potent attractants for ants.

Candy And Sweet Scented Foods

Melted or syrupy sugar is extremely appealing to ants. Honey is one of their favorite natural foods. This is because carrying these thick liquids or semi-solids is easier for them.

Carbs And Sweet Smelling Sugary Drinks

Ants, unlike fad dieters, enjoy carbs and starches in addition to raw sugar. Ants consume crackers, pasta, rice, oatmeal, bread, potatoes, corn, and even alcohol, which nearly always contains a lot of sugar.

Food And Fruit Scented Candles

Fruit and food-scented candles may attract ants to your area due to their love of all things delicious. An ant may come to scout the area if it sees a candle that looks like sugar or even a meal that contains meat.

Sweet Smelling Perfume

Remember, ants are suckers for sugar. They, like many insects in their small habitat, thrive on it. Sweet-smelling perfume will naturally alert ants to the presence of sugar and attract them to the location to explore.

Raw Or Cooked Meat

Ants, like humans, require protein to thrive; protein also aids colony expansion. That is why you will occasionally see them eating a fallen brother: they are in dire need of protein and this is the only source they can find.

Nuts And Seeds

Ants are drawn to the protein in nuts and the additional fats they give, much as they are to raw or cooked meat. Peanuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, cashews, macadamia nuts, and just about any other sort of fatty nut found lying around attract ants!

Grease And Oil Fats

Ants require fat in addition to sugar, carbohydrates, and protein. As a result, fats and grease attract them. This is especially true of animal fats (which often contain protein) and plant oils including vegetable oil, peanut oil, and olive oil.

Plants And Decaying Plant Matter

Ants devour a range of plants that humans grow for display, as well as foods. Peonies, for example, are rabbit magnets.

Dirty Clothes And Laundry Detergent

Using vanilla-scented or other sweet-smelling washing detergent attracts ants looking for food.

Ants are attracted to the smells of human urine and sweat.

Things Besides Food that are Attracting Ants to Your Home and Garden

Water from Leaking Pipes

Ants require readily accessible water sources in order to nest and establish a colony. If your neighborhood is having dry weather, ants may find their way into your home in quest of water.

Safe Nesting Space

Ants don't merely create underground nests. They may also establish their nests beneath the baseboard or inside the foundation walls of your home.

Pesticide Application

Have you used pesticide on your lawn or yard? It's entirely conceivable that ants will come in your home shortly afterward. Any ants that were not immediately exposed to the chemical treatment may simply relocate from the treated area to the nearest non-treated location, which is likely your home.

Plants & Trees as Bridges

Is your house surrounded by a lot of plants and trees? These plants could be serving as ant bridges into your home. Try to widen the spacing between the plants and the outer wall as you walk around the outside of your house.

How Do Ants Gain Access To Your Home?

Ants, due to their size, do not require a large gap to enter a house for food or refuge. Ants will enter through small breaches in the foundation, gaps beneath the doors, or improperly sealed windows unless the rear door is left open.

Are Ants Harmful?

Ants that are seen in the garden or that are black in color will not bite or bring disease. Ants that have made their way into your home, on the other hand, may have traveled through filthy locations and can spread pollution throughout your living space.

Are Ants Dangerous?

Most ants aren't considered a threat, and they can actually eliminate other pests like flies and fleas.

Are Ants Dirty?

Because ants do not move alone and travel in groups, they can fit into even the tiniest of spaces, and while ants are normally clean, their bodies can take up dirt along the route.

Are Ants Poisonous?

The majority of ants are not poisonous. Humans are not harmed by their bites and stings.

Which Ants are Dangerous?

  • Ant Bulldog (Australia)
  • Ant Pony (Africa)
  • Ant Siafu (Africa)
  • The Fire Ant (South America)
  • Ant with Bullets (South America)

Which Ants Do I Have in My House?

Carpenter Ants, Pavement Ants, Thief Ants, and Odorous House Ants are the most common ants seen in homes. These are all people who live in their homes and eat the food that is kept there.

How To Get Rid of Ants

Insects, particularly ants, are notoriously difficult to eradicate once they have decided to stay. Putting food away and tidying up isn't always enough.

So we've compiled a list of some beneficial smells to aid you in your quest to rid your home of ants.

Scents That Ants Hate

Vinegar Repels Ants

To begin with, ants despise the smell of vinegar. Second, vinegar is a natural cleaner that will eliminate the scent trails that ants use to communicate and navigate.

Ants Are Repelled By Coffee Grounds

Ants may enjoy crawling around on counters, but they will never try to steal a sip of your coffee. The smell of coffee is actually repellent to ants.

As an Ant Repellent, Peppermint Oil

Peppermint is a popular oil smell for repelling a variety of home insect pests, including ants. It's easy to state that ants, like other six-legged pests, are repulsed by the scent of peppermint oil, but for science geeks, let's dig a little deeper.

Cucumbers Irritate Ants

Cucumber peels contain a substance that is poisonous to the fungus that ants eat. It's a bit of a circuitous route to getting rid of ants, but it appears to work.

Ants Are Deterred By Chalk/Baby powder

Ants dislike calcium carbonate, which is found in chalk because it interferes with their smell trails. They also loathe the feel, which is akin to eggshells, seashells, limestone, and other chalky substances.

Ants Are Repelled By Citrus Peel

Another advantage of citrus peel is that it repels a variety of pests, including mosquitoes, aphids, mites, flies, ticks, and much more!

Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass essential oil, like citrus, is strongly disliked by ants. It's not because ants dislike the smell; rather, lemongrass can confuse ants' scent receptors, making it difficult for them to find food.

Cayenne Powder & Black Pepper

Cayenne pepper and black pepper both irritate ants' senses, making them flee. The spiciness of both cayenne and black pepper repels ants, as they don't want to be annoyed by the smell. You can either use pepper to build a barrier between yourself and the ants or mix water with pepper to make a spray.

Tea Tree Oil

To use tea tree oil to repel ants, combine a few drops in a plastic spray bottle and spray in the area where the ants are present. Tea tree oil has a strong aroma that repels ants immediately.

Lemon Eucalyptus Oil

Another natural bug repellant is oil produced from the lemon eucalyptus tree. This plant contains citronella, which is used to repel mosquitos, another annoying insect. Lemon eucalyptus oil is an excellent alternative if you don't want your house to smell like peppermint all year.

Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil

Except for ants, cinnamon is one of those scents that almost everyone enjoys. This is due to the presence of a molecule known as trans-cinnamaldehyde, which is powerful in repelling and even killing ants. Not just pest ants, but also carpenter ants and biting red ants are included!

Stopping Ants From Coming Back: A Long-Term Solution

  • Keep Surfaces Around Your Home Clean.
  • Store Food In Sealed Containers.
  • Use Ant Baits In Active Areas.

For Finish…

We hope that this list has provided you with a few options for removing ants from your home and keeping them out for good!

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