Can’t Get Rid of Sugar Ants?

Sugar Ants Boynton Beach

Sugar ants in the West Palm Beach area are the most common pests new clients call us about. Upon inspecting, we’ve found that about 90% of the time these Sugar ants are actually Ghost Ants. Ghost ants are very tiny and hard to see (hence the name.) Their colonies can actually have multiple queens, which is we have found to be the main reason people are unable to successfully control them. Unless a treatment eliminates all of the queens, they will eventually all return as they seek water sources.

Ghost ants are attracted to your home because there are insects such as aphids, scale, and whiteflies feeding on the plant material on your property. As these insects feed on the plants, they secrete a substance called honeydew which is a food source for ghost ants and other bugs. You’ll know for sure you have honeydew on your plants if you see a black mold type substance growing on the leaves or if you look closely and see insects stunting the new plant growth. During our home pest control treatments, we treat these plants to eliminate the insects feeding on them which will then eliminate the food source for the ghost ants – making your home a less attractive target!

From our experience, the main reason people are unable to get rid of ghost ants is because they are spraying over the counter products from Home Depot or Publix. These products are great at killing the ghost ants instantly, so it seems like it’s working. The problem is that the active ingredient in these products usually interferes with the pheromone trails these ants follow, causing them to split trails into different rooms, creating new queens and new colonies in a process called budding. To successfully get rid of these ants, we rely on non-repellent treatment methods so that the ants may survive for a few days, long enough to carry the products we apply back to their queens to eliminate all of the colonies in and around your home.

Once we get rid of the ghost ants from your home and property, we are able to keep them out long-term without needing to treat the inside of your home again. By creating a barrier around the exterior of the home and regularly treating the plants outside of your home, we are eliminating the food sources that make your property attractive to these ants. We are so confident in our treatment methods for ghost ants, that we guarantee all of our treatments and will return at no charge if you even see a single ant inside your home again as long as you are on our preventative treatment program.



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