Many small nuisance ants we encounter indoors are often referred to as sugar ants, because people notice these ants are drawn to sugary food sources, like honey, soda, juice, etc. Even though your sugar ants could belong to any number of different types of ant species, they are all generally controlled the same way. We can help you learn how to get rid of sugar ants in your home with the best products available.
Sugar ants are actually any species of small house invading ants, like Argentine ants, pavement ants, odorous house ants, pharaoh ants, etc. These ants usually nest outdoors and travel indoors to forage for food and bring it back to the colony, while leaving a trail to alert other foraging ants of the new found food source.
Most ants switch between desired food sources. They go through phases of protein feeding, fat feeding, and sugar/carbohydrate feeding. Sugar ants simply ants that are in their sugar feeding phase and will be much more attracted to this type of food source.
Sugar ant control involves baiting. Ant baits are the best tool you can use to get rid of sugar ants (or any ant), but to make sure your ants are truly interested in sugar food sources, try the honey and peanut butter test. Place a note card or piece of paper with honey on one side of the paper and peanut butter on the other in areas ants are often seen trailing or feeding. Monitor which side of the card the ants are more interested in, and then choose the appropriate bait. Sugar ants will be zeroing in on the honey side, and you can then bait your home with sugar baits.
For more extensive ant control tips and other important non-chemical ant control measures (including sanitation, exclusion, prevention, etc), see our main ant control page.