What Attracts Ants to Take Over Your Kitchen

ants crawling up spoon of sugar in the kitchen


You probably thought the ants swarming in your kitchen would eventually disappear after summer ended, but now that it’s almost Halloween, you might feel worried to see ants still milling around. Although ants living outside do have a period of dormant overwintering, an infestation of ants already existing inside your warm, dry home—with all the resources a colony needs—is not going to disappear with the warm weather. 

Luckily, if you know what attracts ants, you can greatly minimize the chances of a few ants entering your home turning into a full-blown infestation in the kitchen. To learn more about what attracts ants and useful tips and tricks for getting rid of them from our experts in pest control, read on!

What Attracts Ants to My Kitchen?

Here’s the thing: even if you do a decent job of keeping your kitchen clean, ants will be attracted to even the slightest aroma of food—especially sugar! So if you spill just a bit of your sugary coffee on the counter or your kids leave out some Halloween candy (an ant’s favorite), any ants on your property will head straight to it.

How Can I Stop Ants from Taking Over My Kitchen?   

Firstly, you need to ensure any sugary food is sealed shut and put somewhere that their sweet sillage doesn’t waft to attract ants in the first place, and you also need to follow our other tips for keeping your kitchen pest-free.

Then, if you know where the ants are entering your home, you can attempt to wipe out the infestation by sealing cracks and crevices with caulk and setting out ant-killing bait. For a DIY ant-killing solution, mix ½ cup of sugar, 1 ½ tablespoons of borax, and 1 ½ cups of water, then set it out for foraging ants to bring back to the colony and poison any ants that consume the mixture.

What if I Have an Ant Infestation?

Although setting out ant poison does the trick for smaller-scale ant problems, it is highly recommended that true infestations be eradicated with the help of pest control professionals to wipe them out completely. At Vulcan Termite and Pest Control Co., we not only destroy the presence of pesky ant infestations in your home, but we also offer solutions for both short and long-term prevention.

Our team has proudly served families in Alabama since 1965, and we would love to help you too! Call us at 205-663-4200 or contact us online today to learn more about our affordable, highly effective pest control solutions.