What you should know about ants and food

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What you should know about ants and food

What You Should Know About Ants and Food

The time is upon us again – barbeques , Munchies , Pool Parties , Picnics , Munchies! Hmm think I said that already? And the one downside of all the fun – ANTS!

  • There are more than 12,000 species of ants all over the world.
  • An ant can lift 20 times its own body weight
  • Queen ants can live for many years and have millions of babies!
  • They have no ears
  • When ants fight, its to the death

… But lets take a look at the top foods Ants are very attracted to :

Foods That attract Ants :

ANYTHING SWEET – Ants definitely have a ‘sweet tooth’ They adore a good taste of Syrup , Sweets , Honey , sweet pastries and of course they need to wash down their meals with any form of sweet drink – So pretty much anything with a high sugar content – Ants will love . So always clean up after feasting on your favourite sweet

GREASY FOODS – A good McD’s burger is not only attracted to humans ! Some ants prefer protein-base foods that are high in fats or grease. You are so likely to see ants feasting on left-over fast-food pieces. Like humans and most other living species – Ants need protein to grow . So, any meaty or oily food should be stored or discarded properly if not finished.

OTHER INSECTS & ANIMALS – Ants also find protein in carcasses of other insects or animals .

DAMP FOODS – Ants are drawn to moisture – that is why you will most likely find them rummaging through your garbage bin or kitchen spills – so always keep clean and tidy up after cooking

FUNGUS: Some Ants are attracted to leaf clutter and will eat their own fungi – This is why your garden will be full of Ants – it’s the perfect environment for types of Fungi!

That is basically any type of food – These guys are not picky Eaters!

How do I get rid of Ants?

  • Hand soap
  • Pepper
  • Peppermint
  • White vinegar
  • Boiling water
  • … To name a few…

If you have an issue with ants, give us a call at Sydneys Best Pest Control and one of our skilled pest control technicians can clear these critters in a heartbeat!

Further Reading


Fire Ants

AAAAants – All about ants

Are these carpenter ants

How can I prevent ants?