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How To Keep Your Yard Ant-Free In Scottsdale

September 30, 2022

Ants have always been a problem here in Scottsdale. One area where these pests are especially problematic is in yards. Their large nests and sometimes aggressive/destructive habits are disruptive. If you like to spend time out in your yard here in Scottsdale and you don’t like ants, here are some things to consider to keep them away. If you are looking for professional ant control, we have options at Green Home Pest Control. Call us today to learn more about pest control in Scottsdale or to find a treatment that will deal with yard ants. 

What Kind Of Ants Live In Scottsdale?

The most common types of ants in Scottsdale are carpenter ants, crazy ants, fire ants, odorous house ants, and pharaoh ants. Here is how to identify each of these pests and the problems they cause. 

The carpenter ant is ⅝” long and red, black, or red and black in color. These social pests chew holes through structural wood and can cause extensive damage to homes.

The crazy ant is 1/16 to ⅛” long and dark brown to black with a gray sheen. These pests walk in an erratic way and can cause problems inside electrical equipment. 

The fire ant is ⅛ to ⅜” long and is dark reddish-brown. These pests bite and sting and build large sprawling colonies around properties. 

The odorous house ant is 1/16 to ⅛” long, brown to black, and has an unevenly shaped abdomen. These pests smell terrible when squished but are otherwise harmless.

The pharaoh ant is 1/16” long and pale yellow. These pests are known for the diseases they pick up from trash and other dirty areas. Two common diseases pharaoh ants spread are salmonellosis and staphylococcus. 

Why Do Ants Want To Enter Homes?

Most ants want to invade homes to find food and moisture. Some species will also come inside to find shelter from inclement weather outdoors. As we head into fall, you will start to notice more and more ant invaders indoors. If scouts find scraps of sandwich under your couch or tasty soda spills in your pantry, they will bring all of their friends in with them. One species that live in our area, carpenter ants, are known for building nests inside structural wood. They prefer wood that is water-damaged or softened in other ways. If your home has wood that has been affected in this way, these destructive insects might invade.

Getting Rid Of Ants In Your Yard And Home

There are two ways homeowners approach ant pest control. The first is with DIY methods. We recommend starting with DIY ant-prevention tips. Here are a few to try.

  • Seal your home’s exterior.
  • Address moisture issues.
  • Keep your home clean.
  • Make sure your trash is covered.
  • Trim back bushes and branches five feet from your home’s exterior.

Although helpful to keep ants out, DIY will not solve an existing infestation. If ants are in your yard or invading your home regularly, the only solution is professional pest control. 

Ant Control For Scottsdale Residents with Green Home Pest Control 

If you are looking for ant control services near you, look no further than Green Home Pest Control. We are a local pest control provider you can trust. We will perform a detailed inspection of your home and property, identify where ants are getting in, and use advanced treatments to get and keep these insects out. Let us show you how good life is without having to deal with ants in your home and yard. 

Call now to discuss your options with one of our service representatives. We will talk you through our ant control solutions and help you find a treatment that meets your Scottsdale home’s needs.