Usually, ants aren’t very threatening, yet they can be an extreme nuisance to homeowners. An ant infestation can be very difficult to treat and eradicate completely from your home and property . In this article, we will discuss how to prevent ant infestations from happening in the first place, and how to treat them should they happen.
If you are having ant problems and are dealing with an ant infestation, call the local experts here in Phoenix and Casa Grande. Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services is ready for help!
What kind of ants are there here in Arizona?
First, let’s start with a list of the kinds of ants that could possibly invade your Phoenix home. These include:
- Carpenter Ants
- Pavement Ants
- Fire Ants
- Thief Ants
- Pharaoh Ants
If ants have already invaded your home this summer, your next step as a responsible homeowner should be to call Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services. We are your best option for getting rid of an ant infestation. Unfortunately getting rid of the ants is not always an easy fix.
An important fact to keep in mind is that ants are social insects, so once one ant enters your home, the other ants in the colony will follow. Also, once they are inside of your home, there is a very little chance that they will go away on their own.
Here are a few things you should ask yourself when dealing with an ant infestation:
Why do you have an ant problem?
There are a number of reasons why ants would want to enter your home, but most of the time they are searching for food. Your home just happens to be close to where the queen decided to establish her colony. Just like people, ants need to eat to survive. They also have to provide a food source for their young. It’s an impartial, unemotional decision on their part: it’s not like they are looking to cause you and your family distress.
If there is an easy food source in the form of food on the floor, counters, or in the dog bowl, your home can be a candidate for an ant colony. In contrast to being outside, ants inside are protected from predators and from the elements, as well.
Is it easy to get rid of an ant infestation?
In a simple answer, no. Ant control is not always an easy fix. Some ant infestations have nothing to do with how clean or dirty a home is. Your property could just simply be an ant’s perfect haven. This can create problems for homeowners as during the summer months, large swarms of winged ants can start to develop new colonies, sometimes right in the cracks of your walls.
What’s the best way to get rid of ants?
When you realize your home has an ant problem, make your first call to Arizona’s Best Pest Control. We have the equipment, employees, and treatments in place to tackle your ant problem right away. We can even help you set up preventative measures to keep the ants out for good!
As with most things relating to owning a home, the best way to get rid of ants is learning how to prevent them in the first place. Having an ongoing maintenance plan with a trusted and experienced pest control company is the key to managing the pest problems in your home.
We’re that company for you here in the Phoenix metro area. Our service technicians will work with your specific home and infestation scenario to create the best approach for getting rid of your ant infestation and keeping them out of your house in the future. This includes both interior and exterior treatments, a home seal to plug any points of entry to your home, and placing insect growth regulators around your home’s property.
Do DIY ant sprays work?
Ant sprays that can be bought at the local hardware store can come in various forms. An important note about these sprays is that they can be harmful if the product labels directions are not very specifically followed. Unfortunately, they also usually won’t solve an ant infestation and can end up being a waste of money anyways as homeowners end up calling a pest control company in the end.
Most over-the-counter products you can purchase yourself have no real lasting effects on a large ant infestation. They are meant to kill the ants instantly and act as a deterrent. If the ants are still able to enter your home, they will just find a way to maneuver around the spray. Without killing the queen, the colony will remain intact and still keep producing offspring to add to the infestation.
In addition to the factors above, some colonies are almost impossible to reach without specialized equipment. If a colony or nest is located within the walls of your home, a simple over-the-counter spray will not be efficient enough to treat and destroy the colony at its source. The same goes for outdoor colonies as well, which can extend far below the surface of the ground, which is where most over-the-counter treatments stop working.
Call us for ant control services here in Phoenix and Casa Grande
If you notice that you have an ant problem in or around your home, call our team today! Our Phoenix pest control technicians will not only use chemicals to deter insects and other pests from entry, but will find where the pests live and identify how pests are entering your home. As an added bonus, we offer free pest control inspections! Let us tackle your home’s pest problems, so you don’t have to.