Ant Feeding Habits
Ants are omnivorous insects with broad and varied tastes. Honeydew, a sweet liquid produced by white flies, mealybugs, and aphids, makes up a large portion of the ant diet. However, as opportunistic feeders, ants eat whatever is readily available year-round.
What Do Ants Eat in Nature?
In addition to honeydew, the ant diet includes nectar, seeds, and fungus. The pests like starches, sweets, and meat protein as well. Ants also seek out water and nest near reliable sources of moisture.
Certain trees and shrubs are prone to infestations of honeydew-producing insects. As a result, homes with these plants draw hungry ants. When trees are in direct contact with siding or a foundation, ants have an easy pathway indoors.
What Do Ants Eat in Houses?
Crumbs and improperly stored food bring ants into homes. Not only will they come inside to feed on spills and scraps, but ants also use chemical trails to signal other members of the colony. This results in large, alarming ant infestations. Proper housekeeping and food storage is the first step towards reducing ants in homes.
Getting Rid of Nuisance Ants
Since pantry goods in the ant diet attract these pests, they often decide to start colonies indoors. An unaddressed food spill may lead to a serious insect invasion. Homeowners dealing with unwelcome ant populations can rely on the team at Western Pest Services for fast and friendly control.