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Feeding Your Ants: What They Eat and How Often


Proper nutrition is essential for the health and growth of your ant colony. Understanding what to feed your ants and how often will help ensure their well-being and longevity. This guide will cover the dietary needs of ants, feeding schedules, and tips for maintaining a balanced diet.

What Ants Eat


Sugars provide the primary energy source for ants. Common sugar sources include:

  • Honey Water: Mix honey with water for a sweet treat.
  • Sugar Water: Simple mixture of sugar and water.
  • Fruits: Apples, bananas, and other fruits are excellent sugar sources.


Proteins are crucial for brood development and colony growth. Good protein sources include:

  • Insects: Crickets, mealworms, and other small insects.
  • Eggs: Hard-boiled eggs can be a good protein source.
  • Commercial Ant Food: Specialized protein-rich foods designed for ants.

Additional Foods

  • Seeds: Some species, like Harvester ants, prefer seeds.
  • Jelly: Ant-specific jellies provide balanced nutrition.

Feeding Schedule


  • Daily: Small amounts of food should be offered daily to meet energy needs.
  • Weekly: Protein sources should be provided at least once a week for brood growth.


  • Small Colonies: A few drops of sugar water and a small piece of protein.
  • Large Colonies: Larger portions but avoid overfeeding to prevent mold and waste.

Tips for Effective Feeding

  1. Remove Uneaten Food: Prevent mold and contamination by removing uneaten food after 24 hours.
  2. Diverse Diet: Offer a variety of foods to ensure balanced nutrition.
  3. Clean Feeding Area: Keep the feeding area clean to prevent disease.

Common Feeding Mistakes


  • Problem: Can lead to mold growth and waste accumulation.
  • Solution: Offer small amounts and remove uneaten food promptly.


  • Problem: Can cause stress and health issues in ants.
  • Solution: Monitor food consumption and adjust portions accordingly.

Contaminated Food

  • Problem: Can introduce harmful substances to the colony.
  • Solution: Use clean, fresh food and avoid contaminated sources.


Feeding your ants the right diet and maintaining a regular feeding schedule is crucial for their health and colony growth. By providing a balanced mix of sugars and proteins, and following best practices for feeding, you can ensure your ants thrive. Regularly monitor their food intake and adjust as necessary to meet their needs.

Further Reading

For more detailed guides and tips on ant keeping, visit our Ant Keeping Beginner Guides Blog. Here, you’ll find comprehensive articles to help you every step of the way.