Carpenter Ants Favorite Food

Do Carpenter Ants Have A Favorite Food?

The short answer is, yes! Carpenter ants have shown a preference for different foods while avoiding others. So what’s the favorite food of the carpenter ant? Anything sweet.

Outdoors, the sweet honeydew produced by aphids and other insects is the favorite food of the carpenter ant. In your home, similar sweet foods attract the carpenter ant, such as:

  • Sugar
  • Honey
  • Jelly
  • Syrup

Carpenter Ants are attracted to sugar substancesFor carpenter ant prevention, do not leave sweets out on the counter or in unsealed containers easily accessible to foraging ants. Clean up drips on honey and syrup containers immediately, clean countertops thoroughly after using granulated sugar, and store jellies in the refrigerator.

Does that mean I can starve out carpenter ants by removing their favorite food sources? Unfortunately, no. The carpenter ant can survive many months without food, so starving them out is not an effective eradication treatment if you have a nest in your walls. You need to first get rid of the carpenter ants infesting your home and deprive their favorite foods as prevention against a future infestation.

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If you see one carpenter ant foraging for food in your home, that is usually a clear indication that you have an infestation. Hopefully you can catch it early enough to avoid a severe infestation and damage to your home. Think you might need an exterminator? Here at Nature’s Way Pest Control, we have excellent carpenter ant control services, serving the Albany area north into Saratoga County and Vermont. Call us today for a free inspection, and ask about our lifetime warranty. (518) 745-5958

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