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Sat Jun 27, 2020, 03:29 AM

would you use white sugar that ants had been in?

Brand new five pound bag of sugar, factory sealed... when I opened it, several black ants were wandering around inside. I left it on the counter open for a couple of days. The ants are gone. But did they pee in the sugar? Haha.

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Reply would you use white sugar that ants had been in? (Original post)
Grasswire2 Jun 27 OP
pbmus Jun 27 #1
Kali Jun 27 #12
Beartracks Jun 27 #2
Grasswire2 Jun 27 #3
Beartracks Jun 27 #4
IcyPeas Jun 27 #5
Squinch Jun 27 #6
Laffy Kat Jun 27 #7
hlthe2b Jun 27 #8
Newest Reality Jun 27 #9
Lars39 Jun 27 #10
Kali Jun 27 #11
Saviolo Jun 27 #13

Response to Grasswire2 (Original post)

Sat Jun 27, 2020, 03:31 AM

1. They lay eggs...use it for hummingbird crack...

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Response to pbmus (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 27, 2020, 11:55 AM

12. um, not exactly

ants are social insects like bees, only queens (back in the nest) lay eggs

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Response to Grasswire2 (Original post)

Sat Jun 27, 2020, 03:36 AM

2. Left a bag of sugar open and got FEWER ants??

That's never been MY experience, unfortunately.

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Response to Beartracks (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 27, 2020, 03:40 AM

3. I know, right?

I've had ants in the kitchen for a few weeks. They seem to prefer chicken bits and savory things to anything sweet. And they vacated this sugar bag as soon as it was opened.

Strange.

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Response to Grasswire2 (Reply #3)

Sat Jun 27, 2020, 03:44 AM

4. I guess after who knows how long...

... a change of scenery and fresh air are something even an ant wants.

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Response to Grasswire2 (Original post)

Sat Jun 27, 2020, 05:39 AM

5. No. And I would return it to the store.

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Response to Grasswire2 (Original post)

Sat Jun 27, 2020, 06:08 AM

6. No!

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Response to Grasswire2 (Original post)

Sat Jun 27, 2020, 07:34 AM

7. I think it would be ok for baking.

The high heat would kill any germs. Frankly, I don't think a little ant piss would hurt anyone, it's just the thought that's unappetizing. I also think the store would take it back with no problem.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #7)

Sat Jun 27, 2020, 08:05 AM

8. Few want to think of how many insects and "bug parts" we consume regularly without knowing...

People eat insects for protein all over the world and some have tried to bring the practice to the US.

Yes, heat in baking kills what is left behind, so it would be safe for those who can get past the image.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #8)

Sat Jun 27, 2020, 08:55 AM

9. +1

Bugs are food, too! They used to sell things like chocolate covered ants and canned grasshoppers. Really.

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Response to Newest Reality (Reply #9)

Sat Jun 27, 2020, 11:32 AM

10. I remember eating chocolate covered ants as a kid!

The perils of having older brothers...they thought I'd be grossed out, but I liked the chocolate.

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Response to Grasswire2 (Original post)

Sat Jun 27, 2020, 11:48 AM

11. as long as they didn't stink it up (formic acid) - hell yes

sugar is a preservative, ants don't generally carry or transmit disease. don't worry about it, or if you are super paranoid toss out the top 1/4 inch and put the rest in a sealed container.

sounds like you have what I call grease ants. a line of DE where they come in should help keep them away. or get some bulk boric acid, same deal.

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Response to Kali (Reply #11)

Sat Jun 27, 2020, 12:12 PM

13. Basically this.

Sugar is extremely hydrophobic like salt, and germs can't really live in an all-sugar environment, because it desiccates anything. If it doesn't have a weird smell, taste, or colour, then it should be just fine.

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