What Do Ants Eat?

Four Food Groups

Group of ants

Of the pests that try to invade your home, ants aren’t the pickiest of eaters. Ants eat four food groups: carbohydrates, sweets, proteins, and fats and oils. Your kitchen is filled with plenty of food for them to choose from.

What Ants Eat

1. Carbohydrates

Ants prefer a diet of carbohydrates, so they are most likely to munch on these snacks if there is an abundance for them to find. Some of the foods in your cabinet that will attract ants are:

  • Crackers
  • Chips
  • Pretzels
  • Cereal
  • Oats
  • Bread
  • Dog food

2. Sweets

Sweets are another form of carbohydrate that ants enjoy consuming for energy. Some of their options include:

  • Candy
  • Gum
  • Lollipops
  • Sugar
  • Syrup
  • Honey
  • Soda
  • Juice

3. Protein

Protein might not seem like a meal of choice, but some varieties of ants will gladly eat this food group, including:

  • Lunch meat
  • Cooked meat
  • Cheese
  • Other insects (that might be lurking in your kitchen!)

4. Fats and oils

Yes, ants will also search your kitchen for oils and fats, like:

  • Nuts
  • Seeds

The Easy Solution for Ants in Your Kitchen

If you have ants consistently coming into your kitchen, you have two options for kicking them out: eliminate their entrance or place a bait trap. To determine where they are coming from, follow the line of ants. You might need to seal your door tighter or take out the caulk to plug holes. If you are going to use a bait trap, go to the store and find one that will poison the colony. A worker ant goes into it thinking they have found a great food source, and they take back the “food” to share with their colony. This then poisons and kills the entire colony, eliminating your ant problem.

Tell Ants to Find Another Food Source.

They aren’t welcome in your home. ExtermPRO is here to help kick them out so you don’t have to share your food anymore. Simply call us today at 571-620-1168 for a free quote and to schedule a service.


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