Sugar Ants Explained (with Photos) + DIY Removal Instructions

As their name suggests, sugar ants have a particular affinity for sweet substances, and their organized foraging behavior and social structure make them a fascinating species to observe.

How Can You Spot Sugar Ants?

Since there are several types of sugar ants, they vary in size and color. But they range from 1-13 mm and can have brown, reddish-brown, black, white, or even yellow bodies.

Types of Sugar Ants

There are over a hundred different species of ants worldwide, with a small portion feeding on sugary foods. The term sugar ant in America is a colloquial term used to identify several species of ants that are attracted to and feed on sweet food.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are generally black, brown, red, or a combination of red and black. They are large, and they measure around 0.25 to 0.75 inches long.

Little Black Ants

As their name suggests, little black ants are tiny (around 1/16 inch long) and jet-black or dark brown ants. While these ants have a stinger, they’re too small and weak to use it.

Acrobat Ants

Crematogaster Ashmeadi (Emery), also known as Acrobat Ants, can measure up to 3.2 mm in length and feed on live and dead insects, but they also eat honeydew made by mealybugs, aphids, and other home sweets and protein.

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