Do I have an ant problem?
If you’re asking yourself this question, the answer is likely, “Yes.” There are several species of ants that are much more common that others. Determining whether or not you have an ant problem begins with a few questions, though. An infestation depends on the ant type and location. Certain ants live inside your walls and damage your home, others are primarily outside but aggressive. We’ll cover the most common types and signs below. If you encounter any of these signs, you should call the experts at Anteater Exterminating Inc.
Why are ants in my home?
Ants are foragers. They need food and water to survive. If you are supplying them with these necessities, it makes your home a much more favorable nesting site. Carpenter ants also nest within the home itself. If they have easy access to food, then your home will be more appealing than the one next door. It’s not your fault you have ants in your home. There are some steps you can take to help reduce the problem though.
What are the most common ant types in Arizona?
Our local ant control specialists treat for a wide variety of Arizona ant species, but some are much more common than others. The most common types include the following:
What you should know about carpenter ants.
Carpenter ants live in walls and flooring. That makes them particularly damaging to a home. Similar to termites, carpet ants burrow into a home. You’ll want to look for holes in woodwork and small piles of sawdust or “frass” around these holes. You may also hear a very faint noise from inside the walls. You can you a cup as a makeshift stethoscope to amplify the sound.
What do carpenter ants look like? Carpenter and a dull black and have dull red hued legs. They do not have a stinger. Worker ants are typically 1/4 to a 1/2 inch in length.
What you should know about fire ants.
Fire ant mounds are typically found outdoors. The mound doesn’t actually have entrance though. The nest is reached from other openings. These ants scavenge in the mornings and evenings. Because they have a such a painful sting, you want to get rid of them quickly. They can even overtake small animals. Some people may have allergic reactions to their venom as well.
What do fire ants look like? There are 2 invasive varieties and one native to Arizona. Native fire ants are burnt orange in color. Their heads and butts are roughly equal size and these two sections are connected by four pieces of the thorax. Workers range in size from 1/10 of an inch to 1/3 of an inch. Imported fire ants look similar but are a much darker red. Argentinian fire ants are yellow in color. All species are aggressive and have stingers.
What you should know about harvester ants.
Harvester ants nest near plant heavy areas like gardens. They have an incredibly painful sting. Though they aren’t aggressive foragers, they will aggressively defend their nest. That makes them a major problem near frequently used areas. People with ant venom allergies may need medical help when stung by a harvester ant.
What do harvester ants look like? These ants are roughly 3/8 of an inch long. They may be black or red depending on the species. You’ll know a harvest mound when you see it. These ants clear several feet around their nest entrance of all vegetation.
Additional ants species we treat for include:
- Acrobat Ants
- Argentine Ants
- Citronella Ants
- Pharaoh Ants
- Formica Ants
- Leafcutter Ants
- Red Pavement Ants
- Red Velvet Ants
- Thistledown Velvet Ants
How can I stop ants from infesting my home?
There are steps you can take to make your home less appealing to ants. If you believe you have an ant problem, do the following:
- Clean your home. You want to clean indoors and outdoors. Eliminate areas where ants can hide or set up a nest. Make sure to remove crumbs and other food sources. That may mean relocating food or getting air tight containers to seal it properly.
- Reduce moisture. Stop any leaks in and around your home. Make sure downspouts and gutter are clear and direct water outwards from the home.
- Prune outdoors. Don’t let brush and branches touch your home. These act as bridges to the home for ants.
- Remove debris. Get rid of landscaping timber and mulch within 3 feet of the home. Store firewood away from the home.
Why do I need professional ant control?
DIY ant control is incredibly difficult. There is a wide range of reasons to choose Anteater Exterminating Inc. Consider the following before you DIY.
- Over the counter ant control products are dangerous if misused. They can be poisonous, and in the case of items like diatomaceous earth can cause problems years later. If you forget where you set bait, or overuse certain products, you are putting yourself and your family in danger. Our exterminators use commercial grade products applied in the safest manner possible.
- Stirring an ant colony can lead to larger problems. Certain ant colonies respond very poorly to specific treatment methods. Some nests go on high alert and may storm their surroundings. Others may view the existing area as dangerous and move to another area in the home. Colonies can even split into two. We know how each ant species functions, what control methods to use, and how to use them.
- We guarantee our results. With DIY methods you may end up making the problem worse or failing to address it. Our ant control is backed by a service warranty that guarantees you an ant-free home for an agreed upon length of time. This provides security and the knowledge that one of Arizona’s leading pest control companies has you covered.