Ants in Bathroom: What to Do

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Been noticing tiny bugs in the bathroom and realize that they're ants? While there are a lot of different ways to get rid of ants in the bathroom, here are our tips and tricks. Get to know what kind of ants are in the bathroom, what attracts them, and how to get rid of them.

What Causes an Ant Infestation

Because there are several species of ants that can be found in your bathroom, what attracts them will depend on the type of ant. However, pest control can narrow down exactly what is causing the ant infestations in your bathroom. It may be due to food, moist places, dead insects, wood, grease, or other ant bait.

Types of Ants in Bathroom

Your ant infestation may consist of the following ant species:

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are typically black in color and attracted to sugar as well as rotting wood, rotting trees, tree roots, and tree stumps. If your home is made out of structural wood and it is damp, an entire colony can infest wood.

Argentine Ants

Your ant problem may be composed of Argentine ants. Sugar attract ants of this species and you may find them around your toilet or bathroom sink.

Ghost Ants

The ghost worker ants are small and known for their dark heads but pale and sometimes translucent bodies which set them apart from your usual tiny black ants. These adult ants are attracted to sugar, other insects, and grease.

Sugar Ants

Set ant traps and discovered black ants? Sugar ants or odorous house ants are the most common bathroom ants. These ants feed on anything from sugar to grease and are not picky when it comes to a food source.

Pavement Ants

If you kill ants walking around the neighborhood, you have probably been stomping on pavement ants. These are the few ants that are red-brown in color and are attracted to dead ants, insects, seeds, and sweet, or greasy food.

Pharaoh ants

You may wish to eliminate ants that are yellow or light brown. If so, your ant infestation consists of Pharaoh ants. These ant species are attracted to humid places but can be difficult to get rid of and may call for pest control.

Moisture Ants

Moisture ants, or yellow ants, are attracted to moist areas. If you have plumbing leaks, these may be the bathroom ants you are looking to exterminate.

Eliminate Ants

To exterminate ants, do the following:

Find the Source

The best way to stop an ant invasion is by looking for where they are coming from.

Trail the Ants

Follow the ant trails and look for where the ants live. Ant colonies may not live in the most obvious places.

Eliminate What is Attracting the Ants

Prevent ants from making a home in your home with:

repel ants with natural methods

Tea tree oil in a spray bottle can be used in controlling ants. A few drops of peppermint oil will do the trick too. You can also prevent ants from nesting in the bathroom with a vinegar spray, a few drops of borax with water and sugar, or a sprinkle of cayenne pepper or baking soda.

use ant traps for a serious ant infestation

Ant traps can kill all the ants in your bathroom including flying ants. Use bait stations or gels.

call a pest control professional

Of course, calling pest control is the best way to remove ants right now as well as prevent future infestations.

How to Prevent Ant Infestations

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If you are not investing in pest control and want to prevent ants from infesting the bathroom again, you should:

Keep Your Bathroom Clean

Instead of depending on essential oils to keep the ants at bay, keep your bathroom clean. This way, there's nothing that attracts ants in the first place.

Remove Any Stagnant Water

Plumbing leaks can cause stagnant water to gather and may start off by attracting one or two ants but end up bringing in an entire colony. Fix your leaking bathtub faucet or sink so that you don't have to get rid of ants later on.

Get Rid of Clogged Drains

Clogged drains are a great place for ants to make a home. Prevent a future ant problem by unclogging the sink or shower drain in the bathroom.

Empty the Trash

Getting rid of trash on a regular basis is the best pest control you can get. There is nothing ants feed on if there are no dead bugs or leftover food in the bathroom.

Fill All the Cracks and Crevices

Bathroom ants might have found their way there because of cracks in the wall that lead to the outside world. Scour the bathroom for cracks and tend to the crevices to prevent an ant invasion.


Jim Spencer

Jim Spencer

Jim has been in the construction business for over 12 years with plenty of experience working on client projects, from start to finish. From kitchens to bathrooms and backyard spaces, he writes on a wide variety of topics surrounding home improvement.

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