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Small Ants & Sugar Ants Pest Control in Portland OR and Vancouver WA

Small Ants & Sugar Ants

The most prevalent kinds of small ants in Portland, OR; Vancouver, WA; & Camas metro areas are the odorous house ant, the moisture ant, and pavement ant.

Sugar Ant Description

Sugar Ant Up-Close View in Portland OR and Vancouver WA

Size

The sugar ant is very small—measuring about 2.4-3.3mm long. They are typically about as small as a pencil eraser. Although they are small, they quickly become noticeable as they swarm around food or stream through your home in a line. 

Color

Sugar ants are typically black in color.

Smell

This might sound strange, but when crushed, sugar ants release an unpleasant, coconut-smelling odor. Sugar ants have a gland that releases this smell and it’s why they are called the odorous house ant.

What are sugar ants?

The odorous house ant, or “sugar ant,” is the most common house ant found in the Pacific Northwest. If you notice a stream of small ants, odds are, you’re looking at a sugar ant. Most of the ant problems our technicians treat are related to sugar ants.

How did I get sugar ants?

The two main reasons why ants are attracted to our homes are water and shelter. This is why sugar ants often appear in kitchen & bathroom areas or adjacent parts of the home.

What do sugar ants eat?

Sugar ants are opportunistic. They’ll usually take advantage of any food they come across and the more food left out, the more ants will be attracted, leading to a massive ant infestation. Keeping food and water from being left unattended is a good first step to ensuring sugar ant problems do not continue to occur.

Ant scouts leave pheromone or “scent trails” for their friends to follow—hence the infamous marching ants. When one sugar ant discovers food or potential sheltered area to be colonized, more are sure to follow.

Where are the sugar ants coming from?

Sugar ants typically get into homes in houseplants, small holes where outlets or utilities enter your home, tiny cracks in the moulding or foundation, or through windows or doors that are poorly sealed.

Sugar ants like areas with moisture

“Satellite” colonies are usually established in wall voids within the home and are most often found near moisture (e.g. kitchen, bathroom areas, and the laundry room).

Still not sure if you’re looking at a sugar ant?

 

Sugar Ant Tips

Are Sugar Ants Harmful?

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Generally speaking, sugar ants are harmless to humans and to property structures.

Are sugar ants poisonous?

Sugar ants are not poisonous. They do not sting.

Do sugar ants bite?

While sugar ants do have mandibles that allow them to pinch, it’s uncommon and not very painful. The only concern from a bite would be if someone was highly allergic.

Will sugar ants damage my home?

Sugar ants are unlike termites and carpenter ants as they don’t damage property. They will get into and ruin your food, but otherwise, won’t cause structural damage

Are Sugar Ants SEASONAL?

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Sugar ants are primarily active from early March to late October.

Due to the temperate climate of the Washington and Oregon state area, the outdoor foraging cycle in the Pacific Northwest lasts much longer than other areas, ranging from early March to late October. Sugar ants, therefore, have more time to enter your home, populate, and continuously create a larger ant problem.

Why do sugar ants move indoors?

Indoors, ants in the Northwest can continue their life cycle year round. This gives ants plenty of time to find a home to seek food and shelter in and let their entire ant colony know to join them as well.

 

can i treat Sugar Ants on my own?

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Most DIY treatments do not have the strength to disrupt sugar ants egg cycles.

While there are many over-the-counter pesticides available, they never get to the source of the sugar ant problem. We strongly recommend meeting with one of our pest control technicians for a free inspection and consultation.

Do repellent sprays work on sugar ants?

Repellent sprays will kill sugar ants in the immediate area on contact, but does not break the sugar ants’ egg cycle.

Do DIY sugar ant baits work?

Sugar ant baits will kill a few ants inside the nest, but often don’t have the necessary strength to disrupt the egg cycle and terminate the sugar ant colony.

 

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Why should I call professional pest control?

Too often, we see home owners delay calling a pest control professional because they are worried about the price. Contact us for a free no-pressure inspection and consultation.

Prevent a sugar ant infestation

Odorous house ants in the Pacific Northwest frequently move their nests indoors, causing an ant infestation to occur. An odorous house ant colony has multiple queens and nesting sites, which can make ant control and removal in the Pacific Northwest a headache for homeowners because there are multiple nests spread out across the house.

Early intervention is crucial for sugar ant termination

Leaving any ant problem unattended to can cause a larger ant problem to occur. Ant colonies inside a home may become well established over time making effective control a real process. That’s why early intervention is so important. Homeowners should bring in professional ant removal and control specialists to address the problem as many of the over the counter solutions may cause the ant problem to worsen by fracturing the colony.

Sugar Ant Treatment

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INSPECT

Aspen Pest Control’s technicians will arrive at your home punctually and work with you to identify the issue. Our technicians will inspect the house for the pests, their entry points, the damage they may have caused, and build a treatment plan built on your needs and budget.

Aspen Pest Control Technician Treating the Floorboards of a Portland OR Home

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Apply products

Aspen Pest Control uses commercial grade “non-repellent” pest control products on sugar ants. These products are specifically designed to be undetectable to ants (no odor or taste). Because ants can’t detect them, they can’t avoid them. The pheromone or scent trails remain intact, and our products are gradually taken back to the nest, ultimately breaking the sugar ants’ egg cycle.

Aspen Pest Control Technician Treating a Vancouver WA Yard with Green Pest Control Product

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ONGOING OBSERVATION

Gaining control of your house again is usually not an event but a process. A continuous examination of the sugar ant infestation and corresponding problem areas is required to stop the ant population. Aspen has used its proven method on sugar ants thousands of times successfully. Your sugar ant infestation doesn’t stand a chance when it comes to our professional treatment.

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Gaining control of your house again is usually not an event but a process. A continuous examination of the sugar ant infestation and corresponding problem areas is required to stop the ant population. Aspen has used its proven method on sugar ants thousands of times successfully. Your sugar ant infestation doesn’t stand a chance when it comes to our professional treatment.

Call Aspen Pest Control today and get rid of your sugar ant problem.

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Vancouver Office:

360.859.9090

12104 NE 95th St.

Vancouver, WA 98682

Portland Office:

503.405.4300

8305 SE Monterey Ave

Suite 220 Q

Happy Valley, OR 97086

Mailing Address:

19215 SE 34th St

Suite #106-155

Camas, WA 98607

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