Don't Let Ants Make Their Way Into Your Phoenix Home Or Business
Do you have an ant problem in your Arizona home or business? If you do, you're not alone. Ants are a common problem in and around Phoenix, and once you have them, they can be tough to get rid of. While some ants are nuisance pests that don't cause more serious problems than being an annoyance, others are dangerous to your health or your building's safety.
If you need to know more about ants or need ant control, Green Home Pest Control provides Phoenix pest control service you need to fully eliminate your infestation, no matter what type of ant has made its way into your home or business.
The Most Common Ants In Phoenix, AZ
There are hundreds of ants species in the world, but a few troublesome varieties are particularly common to Phoenix. These include the following species:
Southern Fire Ants
If you have southern fire ants in your home or business, you probably know it. These usually reddish-brown ants range from a sixteenth of an inch to a quarter of an inch long and can be very unpleasant to have in your home. They are aggressive and can sting, often en masse. Normally, they congregate outside, but if they have formed a colony in your home, you need to get rid of them fast, especially if you have young children who could be seriously injured by a swarm of attacking fire ants.
Carpenter ants are less dangerous to people but can do plenty of damage to your home or commercial facility. These ants bore deep into your building's wood and set up their colonies. They act very similarly to termites and may be mistaken for termites, although, on closer inspection, they are clearly ants. You will want to get rid of them before they do major damage to the structure of your home or business.
Even nastier than fire ants are harvester ants. These ants, which are red, black, or brown, can be as large as half an inch long and have an extremely nasty sting. They usually will not attack unless you approach their mound, but if they do, the consequences can be quite serious, especially for someone who is allergic to their venom.
Odorous House Ants
Named for their offensive odor when crushed, these ants are often the ones you'll find in kitchen cabinets and pantries. They have a relatively painless bite but pose another threat by contaminating food. DIY ant control methods often make the problem worse by causing the worker ants to spread out and start even more nesting spots.
These non-native ants have managed to thrive in Arizona's hot, dry climate, building large colonies and swarming into houses and anywhere they can find water, such as near irrigation systems. Their winged reproductives can be a real nuisance, especially when you see high numbers of them in your swimming pool.
These ants aren't picky about where they set up housekeeping; you may find them nesting under your foundation or driveway, taking over your pet's outdoor food bowl, or even indoors when they come inside to search for food. Because pavement ant colonies go deep into the ground, it can be almost impossible to control them yourself. While they aren't aggressive, they can defend themselves with a sting.
Our Ant Control Offerings
As you can see, getting rid of your ant problem quickly is of extreme importance to avoid a host of problems. Fortunately, you have access to the best ant control company in Phoenix: Green Home Pest Control. We send experts that are highly trained in professional ant removal to Phoenix homes and businesses regularly.
When you contact us for ant control our experts will come to your home or business to conduct an inspection in order to identify the ant species responsible for your current pest problems, the cause of the ant infestation, and the entry points they are using.
We'll then develop a treatment plan customized to your particular problem. Different ant species require different treatment methods, and how we treat them is also affected by where the ants are in your house and how they're getting inside. We use organic products to treat ant hills, colonies, and problem areas. These products are tough on ants but safe for your children and pets.
Our ant control services require a recurring plan in order to eliminate your infestation and prevent new ones. Generally, we'll return to your home on a bi-monthly basis to re-treat. Learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control service plans.
Frequently Asked Questions About Ants
Why do I have ants in my house?
Most types of ants prefer to nest outdoors, but several types, such as carpenter ants and pavement ants, won't turn down the opportunity to come inside your home to look for food. They send out workers to scavenge, then when they find a food source, they carry it back, leaving pheromone trails as they make their way back to the colony so that more ants can find the food. It doesn't take long for this to happen; you might notice a few ants before bedtime and a crowd when you wake up!
How can I keep from getting ants?
There are many things you can do to keep ants away from your home, including the following:
- Wipe every crumb from your countertops, cabinets, and pantry frequently. It doesn't take much to attract them.
- Don't let even small spills remain on countertops or floors.
- Store your fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator instead of leaving them out where ants can find them.
- Check for sources of the water ants seek, such as a drippy faucet or leaking pipe.
- Discard any uneaten food in your pet's bowl every night and keep pet food in tightly sealed containers. Clean the area around your pet's bowls, too.
- Remember that ants love sugary foods, so store sweeteners in containers with tight lids and don't leave empty soda or juice cans in the house.
You can also take the following steps around the exterior of your home to help keep ants away:
- Look for spots that ants can use to enter your home. Check places where pipes, cables, and wires come through the walls and seal them up. You may not be able to seal up all potential entry points completely, but you can definitely reduce the number of paths that lead inside.
- Trim any limbs from trees or plants that touch your house. These can be used as "bridges" by ants.
- Push mulch well away from the foundation of your home (at least two feet, but more is better).
- Don't let wood, stones, and other types of debris touch your house. Ants love to gather anywhere where the soil is relatively moist.
Can I get rid of ants myself?
The problem with DIY ant extermination methods is that they only kill the ants you can see. Many more ants are nearby in their colony, perhaps even thousands. Finding and treating the source is key, but locating it is a challenge. Different types of ants live in various places around your property, such as in woodpiles or the soil. Most ants will also readily relocate their nests.
For the most effective ant control, contact Green Home Pest Control for a free quote. Our technicians can identify the specific type of ant you have and develop the best treatment plan for you. We're licensed, certified, and insured, and we guarantee our ant removal services!
Do ants carry diseases?
Pests such as roaches and mosquitoes may come to mind first when you think about dangerous insects, but ants do pose some health threats. As worker ants search for food, they may pick up disease-causing organisms and spread them in your home. A trip from the bathroom or a waste receptacle, for example, could result in the transfer of pathogens to their new destination in your kitchen. In addition, some ant stings or bites can cause severe reactions, especially in individuals with allergies to ant venom.