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What Do Ants Eat? Are Ant Problems Related to Food?

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You’ve probably seen a cartoon where ants invade a picnic and steal food from unsuspecting picnickers… but what do ants eat in real life? Is it related to your ant problem?

Different ant species have different diets, so answering the question “what do ants eat” isn’t necessarily summed up in a few words. Carpenter ants and pavement ants tend to seek out foods with high sugar content, such as soda cans, while pharaoh ants prefer foods with high protein. They’re drawn to grease and left over meat.

No matter what an ant species typically eats, if you find ants are invading your home, it’s because they’ve found one of these three things: water, shelter or food. Just like humans, these are the basics that ants need to survive. If ants are in your home, it’s because they’ve found one of these three things in it!

What Can You Do to Prevent Ants From Invading?

  • Regularly clean out the recycle bin. Carpenter ants and pavement ants love the sticky mess left when your recycle bin has gone a little too long without cleaning. To avoid ants, keep your bin clean, and don’t leave it outside where ants can find it and dig in.
  • Store all foods not in your fridge in airtight containers. It might sound obvious, but exposed food left on your counters is like ant heaven. To prevent scout ants from letting their buddies know about the feast, keep your food sealed away.
  • Make sure your fridge has a tight seal. Yes, ants will even climb into your fridge if they think they can get a meal out of it! To prevent ants from invading, simply ensure that the rubber seal is airtight. (This will probably save you on electricity, too.)
  • Clean up after yourself. It might not seem like a big deal to leave those crumbs from breakfast on the counter until you get home from work, but if an ant colony catches wind, you might have to worry about ant control, rather than a little tidying up.
  • Seal cracks or holes leading to the exterior of your home. The harder it is for ants to enter your home, the more likely you are to be ant-free. Ant control is really that simple.
  • Clean up water spills. Ants aren’t just seeking food. They also are on a constant lookout for water. Make sure you clean up any stagnant water, or water spills, that might attract ants.

If you’re dealing with a stubborn ant problem and need help with ant control or removal, call Magical Pest Control. You can reach our ant control division at (905) 738-6676 or use our contact form. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible, and help you figure out how to prevent ants from entering your home.

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