Ants are interesting insects and are quite smart when they work together. They are an extremely common pest around the world. In fact, there ants are found on nearly every country and continent besides Antarctica. Almost everyone has had to deal with ants at some point in their lives. They are typically successful when they put their minds to invading a home. Like a lot of insects, they live in colonies and are rather social. They can be challenging to get rid of once they have entered a home, but there are tactics that can be used to help prevents ants from disturbing a home or business. If the ant problem is pretty severe, it might be a good idea to call a pest control Phoenix expert to get rid of them. Ant extermination can be a complicated process, so having a professional handle things is always a good idea.
Types of Ants
The type of ants that are in or around a home effect the type of treatment needed to get rid of them. There are a few species that are very common in Arizona. Carpenter ants are similar to termites and will burrow into the walls and foundation of a home. Fire ants are another, unfortunately, common type of ant. These types of ants create mounds in the ground where the colony lives. Fire ants do sting and some people can have allergic reactions. If these ants are present they should be eliminated quickly. Always call an exterminator when dealing with fire ants, it is not safe to try and eliminate them without the proper training and equipment. Harvester ants are the third most common type of ant in Arizona. These ants will aggressively defend their nest and have extremely painful stings. For someone with allergies a sting from a harvester ant could mean a trip to the emergency room. If these ants are present, call an exterminator immediately to have them dealt with.
There are many other common ants that reside in Phoenix; if it is unclear what kind of ants are present, call an exterminator to have them perform an inspection. There are many DIY methods to kill ants and they are effective but killing the ants that are found around the house is not the issue. Preventing the ants from getting into the home in the first place is the best line of defense. But once they are in, killing the queen ant is the only way to truly eliminate an ant colony.
Ants Love For Food
Ants primary goal is to find food and water to keep the colony fed and protect the queen. Soldier ants will scavenge for food sources and once they find one all the other ants will follow. Restricting food access from the ants will help a great deal in preventing them from staying in a home. All food should be kept in air tight containers. The better protected the food is the less likely the ants will find it.
Keep Clean To Prevent Ants
Keeping a home or business clean is the best way to prevent ants. Generally ants will get into a home through cracks and gaps in the floors, doors and windows. So keeping that ground level clean will help prevent ants from even making it onto the counters to reach the other food. Regular sweeping will help keep all those little food crumbs away from the ants reach. Cleaning up spills is a major help as well. Ants are known for their love of sugary drinks. Soda, popsicles and ice cream are all extremely desirable to ants. Cleaning up any spills, especially sweet spills, will prevent ants as well. If there are pets in the hole it can help to spray vinegar water around their food and water bowls to help repel the ants from going there. In general, keep as many food sources out of reach of the ants they won’t bother returning.
The first line in defending a home against pests, especially ants, is to seal windows, doors, and walls. They can develop cracks and openings that serve as invitations to ants wanting to get inside. A good strategy is to perform regular checks to ensure nothing goes unnoticed. Be sure to check the areas that are hidden behind furniture and other obstructions, as they are more likely to be forgotten. If the ants have no way of getting inside, they will move on to the next area.
Remove Moisture To Remove Ants
Excessive moisture can provide ants with a steady water supply that works to keep them happy. Moisture can appear in many ways, including cracked or broken pipes, leaking plumbing systems, or high humidity. Keeping a home dry and making sure any plumbing systems are not broken is another step for ant control and to avoid pest invasions. Almost all pests and insects like dark, damp places. A dry home is a home that is less likely to attract ants and other insects.
Trusted Ant Control
Sometimes ants can be a slight nuisance and other times they can completely dishevel a household. Once they have established themselves inside a home they will find every little bit of food to get in to. Waking up and finding ant covered donuts or ants floating in the honey is a terrible experience. And most store bought ant traps are not very effective. Ants have one queen in their colony that lays many eggs, constantly increasing the size of the colony. If the queen is not killed the ant problem will not go away. Therefor the best option to completely remove ants is to call a professional exterminator. At Anteater Exterminating the technicians have studied and have the experience to know which kind of ants are present and what the best method of treatment is. After an initial inspection a treatment plan will be drawn up and implemented, permanently eliminating the ants. The goal at Anteater Exterminating is to keep all the residents and business owners of Phoenix pest free. Give us a call today and live the pest free life!