Ants are a major nuisance to homeowners from Phoenix to Scottsdale. They can spoil your food, get into your appliances, and leave a major mess behind. The biggest problem with finding an ant in your house is that there are usually many more just around the corner. But with Arizona Exterminating’s ant control services, you won’t have to worry about these pesky bugs. We focus on giving complete protection to you and your family.
An Extremely Social Creature
Ants have a complex and in-depth social structure. They know how to run their colonies and run them well. Meaning if there’s one, there’s many. Ants leave invisible scent trails to guide other ants to a food source. Think of it like Hansel and Gretel leaving a bread trail, except with ants, you can’t see it.
Each colony has a queen whose only job is to breed, which means colonies grow fast. A colony can number up to 500,000 ants and live up to 15 years. Because of their social nature, ant colonies are very adaptable, and their entire purpose is to sustain the colony.
Risks of an Ant Infestation
Ants in and around your home aren’t just annoying – it’s a problem that’s riskier than some think. In addition to getting into and ruining your food supplies, some species have painful bites. And because ant species are related to bees and wasps, some ant bites can cause allergic reactions. Ants can also carry disease from food source to food source, including salmonella and smallpox. Some types of ants can also cause physical damage to your home, nesting inside wall cavities, electrical equipment, or burrowing into wood sources.
Diversity Among the Species
Having been around for an estimated 130 million years, ants are found across the globe and are quite diverse. There are over 300 types of ants, but Arizona’s most notable are the following three:
- Harvester Ants: This species will typically build large mounds as home to their colonies, often in gardens or other plant-filled areas. When they get near humans, these ants will aggressively defend their colonies by stinging anyone around. For some, this sting can cause a painful allergic reaction.
- Carpenter Ants: Building their colonies into wood materials, this species can cause a lot of damage to your home’s structure.
- Fire Ants: This aggressive species is attracted to sweet or fatty foods and tend to attack with the whole army. When targeted by this species, it’s common to receive multiple stings from many ants.
Because there are so many different types of ants that require separate removal processes, it can be very difficult to identify the type of ant you’re having problems with. That’s why calling in a professional is your best bet to getting rid of ants once and for all.
Ant Treatments in Arizona
Our Service Technician will make an inspection of your home to determine what species is present. Once we know which species is infesting your home, we develop a comprehensive strategy to target the colony queen and prevent the issue from happening again. From baiting their scent trails to dusting interior walls to applying ant insecticide treatments , we have tough and proven tactics for ant control. Because your satisfaction is our top priority, we’ll provide a report of what conditions are attracting ants to your property as well as how to prevent them in the future. In fact, your Arizona Exterminating technician is an expert in all aspects of nuisance pests around your home, and will provide you with solutions not just for ants but to all your pest control problems. Our industry-leading Pestfree365 service covers your home for 36 of the most common household pests.