Ant Extermination In Phoenix, Arizona
Ants Typically Found in Arizona
There are over 12,000 species of ants worldwide and quite a few varieties are roaming the Arizona landscape. Ants common to Arizona: Argentine Ants, Black Ants, Carpenter Ants, Crazy Ants, Fire Ants, Forelius Ants, Leafcutter Ants, Odorous house Ants, Pavement Ants, Pharaoh Ants, and Rover Ants.
Are Ants Harmful?
Each of these species occupies a different niche in the Arizona biosphere, but one thing they do have in common is they all can be an inconvenience to homeowners. Some ants are just a nuisance, while others can cause major damage.
- Fire Ants get their name from the fact that they are red and they sting, unlike most ants that just bite. They are known for their large mounds. If disturbed, they will sting multiple times. They usually wander in homes through cracks and crevices.
- Harvester Ants spend their time gathering seeds for food, hence their name. Like fire ants, they are known to sting. Their stings can kill small animals who disturb their mounds. Harvester ants are usually found on bare soil areas.
- Odorous House Ants aren’t nearly as dangerous as fire ants, but they do stink. Literally, they give off a rotten odor when crushed. In addition to water, sweets and meat attract these ants, which can contaminate the foods they touch.
- Pavement Ants won’t eat through the wood of your home, but they will eat the food they find there, especially things like fruits, sweets, cheese, and greasy foods. They have to travel through a lot of grit and grime to make it into your home; therefore, like odorous house ants, there’s a chance they’ll contaminate what food they leave behind.
What’s Attracting Ants Into Your Home?
There are three main things that might attract ants into your home: food, water, and houseplants.
- Food: Ants are fond of most human food and especially love sweets. If you happen to leave a little something out on your countertops or drop crumbs on the floor, it could attract an ant or two … at least at first. Those initial scouts will leave behind a scent trail for other ants to follow, and what started off as a few will quickly turn into a near-constant stream of the little buggers coming to transport treasure back to the nest.
- Water: Ants need it to survive. Some have the responsibility of collecting water and bringing it back to the colony. Just as they would when they discover a food source, they’ll leave a scent trail for other ants to follow.
- Houseplants: Sometimes ants will explore your potted plants. They could be attracted to the scent of flowers or they might be drawn to the moisture from the plants. While most are not interested in eating the plants, ants can still damage them.
Signs of an Ant Infestation
Ants are hardworking and active creatures, so you’ll likely catch them in the act if you have an infestation.
The most obvious sign of an ant infestation is spotting a trail of ants in your home. You might also find active or dead ants in pantry foods like cereal and cookies or swarming crumbs and left-out foods.
They’ll also wander into homes with sweet-scented plants and still water sources like leaky faucets and plant saucers.
If ants have made themselves a nest in your home, you might find piles of dirt or wood shavings near cracks in walls or flooring. Looking for signs of food scavenging and home-building activity can help you prevent further infestation.
Ways to Fight the Scourge of Ants
- Eliminate moisture from things like leaky faucets and pipes, as well as saucers under houseplants.
- Secure trash.
- Cut down tree limbs hovering over your home. (Such limbs can serve as transportation routes for ants.)
- Seal off any entry points. You can refer to our scorpion home seal guide for ways to seal off your home from all manner of pests, including ants.
- Don’t leave food exposed.
- Schedule integrated pest management with a professional exterminator.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will ants in the house eventually go away?
Ants stay in your home as long as they have a reason to be there. Crumbs, spills, exposed food, and open dirty dishwashers can prolong an infestation until they’re resolved.
It’s important to note that ants may leave once you remove the source of attraction but stay near your home until the next opportunity arises.
It’s inevitable that you’ll have crumbs and spills in the future. Integrated pest management is a great preventative measure to take to catch an infestation before it occurs.
How bad is my ant infestation?
The severity of an ant infestation can usually be determined by visible damage to your home. Hollow sounds in wooden beams and crumbling wood structures are signs of an infestation and ants living in your walls. You may also hear rustling noises in your walls. Small rips in wallpaper can be a telltale sign of an ant problem.
How often should you spray your house for ants?
Integrated pest management protects your home from multiple pests common to your area. Typically, extermination treatment is recommended on a monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly basis.
The best route is based on the severity of past or present infestations and the types of pests you deal with. Reaching out to a professional exterminator is the best way to determine how often you need treatments.
What time of day are house ants most active?
Most ant species are active at night. During this time, they’ll search for food and bring it back to their nest. Even if you spot one or two ants in your home, this doesn’t necessarily mean you have an infestation. Ants may enter a home to scout for possible food sources. Again, this is another reason why pest control is important to deter ants from sticking around.
How long does it take for ants to go away after professional pest control treatment?
While you should see a decrease in the population of ants in your home immediately after treatment, it can take a few or several weeks before the entire problem is eliminated. Regular pest control with an exterminator works as a prevention and maintenance method so that treatment is ongoing and effective.
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