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.
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Why do I still see bugs here and there when I have an exterminator service?
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Are the products your exterminator uses safe for my family and pets?
The products on the market our exterminator technicians use in your home undergo rigorous research, development and testing first at the manufacturer level, then at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and finally, in many cases through the State Department of Agriculture. Even with this multiple layer system it is important to have an educated understanding of, and conservative respect for the pest control products that are applied in and around your home. In most cases, a person or pet should stay out the treated area until the pest control solution is dry. Our Phoenix pest control and exterminator team will provide you with a detailed service report that states the name of each product used, as well as where it was applied. If you ever have any questions about a specific product we used, please reach out to us so that labels and material data safety sheets can be provided.
What is considered a “green” pest control treatment?
A green or organic pest control treatment is any treatment that uses a naturally occurring, non-synthetically altered or enhanced pesticide. These products are usually botanical, and they have proven to be quite effective overall. However, they do sometimes lack the residual power of synthetic versions that have been created by scientists in laboratories.
What are the most dangerous pests in Arizona?
There are many dangerous pests in Arizona that not only cause painful bites and stings, but also that can pass on dangerous diseases. These pests include scorpions, black widows, brown recluse spider, ticks, fleas, assassin bugs and rodents. The Phoenix pest control exterminator team at Insectek is very knowledgeable and experienced where these pests, and many others indigenous to Arizona are concerned.
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