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Why are Ants Attracted to Electrical Outlets?

Ants are attracted to electrical outlets for a variety of reasons. Here we explain all about the science behind this phenomenon.

Ants are attracted to electrical outlets because they have a heat source. It keeps their bodies warm, which is what the insects want. Without the right services to get rid of them, ants can spread quickly and damage property like electrical outlets.

Have you ever wondered why ants are suddenly all over your electronics, plugs, and switches?

Most people do. In hindsight, there isn’t an apparent reason why ants are drawn to electronics. There are some theories, but facts don’t back them up.

But here are the things we know about why ants are attracted to electronics:

  1. Experts say that the exact reason why ants are so drawn to electricity hasn’t been found yet, but it likely has something to do with the heat that electronics give off or the magnetic field that helps the electric current flow.
  2. According to LiveScience, when ants get electrocuted, they send out alarm pheromones by releasing a smell. This smell tells other ants they are attacked, so they come running to help. With this, there would be more ants in the electronics.
  3. Food residue. You may have used your electronics with your hands dirty with food and left things in them, or you may have dropped crumbs into your electronic outlets or devices.

These are some of the most well-known ideas about why they are so appealing, but one thing is sure: they can damage electronics.

Most Common Ant Type Found in Electronics?

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Each type of ant problem causes a different kind of damage.

For example, carpenter ants damage to wood, while pavement ants dig into concrete. Ants in electronics in other homes aren’t that different.

Most of the time, it’s the same species of ants, and three common types usually fall into this category, though there may be more.

You wouldn’t believe it, but tiny black ants can be found almost anywhere. Sometimes, they can get into your electronics without you knowing, especially if there’s food left in your keyboard, outlets, and other places.

There are three “crazy” ant species: the Rasberry or Tawny Crazy Ant, the Black Crazy Ant or Longhorn Crazy Ant, and the Caribbean Crazy Ant.

Almost everyone knows that crazy ants are attracted to electronics, but there isn’t just one kind of crazy ant. Any of these ants could be crawling up into your electronics.

How to Get Rid of Ants from Electrical Sockets?

You may wonder if you can get rid of ants in electrical Sockets. The answer is yes, you can. It’s not hard to get rid of them because there are pest control services that can help, but if you want to get rid of them on your own, you can! Even if it is a bit difficult.

Some of the baits, chemicals, and treatments usually used to get rid of ants don’t work on Crazy Ants, but not all of them do.

When trying to get rid of ants in electrical sockets, it’s important to remember that you shouldn’t use anything liquid because spraying it on the outlet could cause short circuits and other problems. It’s better to use dust, baits, and tape to get rid of them.

How Do Naturally Keep Ants Away from Electronics?

It’s always better to take precautions than to wait until things get bad. To naturally keep ants away from electronics, you need to use things that ants don’t like.

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Don’t give ants a reason to enter your home to access your devices. To do this, plug all crevices and holes they could sneak through, clean your surroundings and don’t leave any food specks, and utilize secure food storage.

Don’t forget your trash cans, which can attract ants and other pests if not emptied regularly.

Ants also don’t like strong smells, like citrus peels and the like.

You can stop ants from getting to your electronics by putting citrus peels near them but not directly on them.

You can also put essential oils on cotton balls, like with the peels, and put them near places where ants come in. This will stop them from getting into your electronics and your house.

You can use spices like cinnamon if you want a more spread-out technique to keep ants away. Sprinkle the crushed spices in holes where the electrical lines are. This won’t damage your electrical wires because the crushed bits aren’t liquid, and your electrical wires are protected.

Wrapping Up

Electrical outlets are like magnets for ants. Electrical outlets give off heat, and the ants are looking for a source of warmth.

The outlets are a source of food for the ants as well. They are attracted to the salt left behind on the edges of the outlet. The ants are also attracted to the moisture left behind on the outlet. The humidity is a food source for the ants. The electrical outlets are a good source of food and warmth for the ants.

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About Sam Orlovsky

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Education: University Of Denver - Electric Engineering
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Electrical engineering is my passion, and I’ve been in the industry for over 20 years. This gives me a unique ability to give you expert home improvement and DIY recommendations. I’m not only an electrician, but I also like machinery and anything to do with carpentry. One of my career paths started as a general handyman, so I also have a lot of experience with home improvement I love to share.

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