Many species of ants reside in Arizona. They are one of the top nuisances that pest control technicians deal with. Ants find their way into buildings and homes in various ways. They ‘bridge’ onto dwellings over objects such as trees, plants, or items left against or by a structure. The social insects create, build, and expand colonies. The species and maturity of ants impact the number of ants in a colony that can range from thousands to millions.
Controlling ants in Arizona is a constant battle. The ants continually migrate and create new colonies. Atomic Pest Control helps keep ants out of buildings and homes. The company inspects, provides recommendations, and uses efficient treatment approaches customized to the needs of their clients.
Causes of Ant Infestation
Food is responsible for most ant infestations. The ants invade buildings and homes because they provide enticing and easy food sources. Pet and sweet foods attract black ants. In a relentless foraging, they enter through crevices and cracks.
Other common ants found in Phoenix, Arizona are rover ants, big-headed ants, pavement ants and crazy ants. The food that attracts them varies based on the age of the colony and the species. Growing and maturing colonies have different preferences.
Treating for Ant Infestation
Before treatment begins, the technician finds what attracts the ants and removes or stops access to the food source. An inspection finds where the ants enter. Ants often have a ‘trail’ to follow. The trail leads to the surface opening of the colony. Clients also provide information that tells where they see the most activity.
After locating the entrance, the technician uses non-repellents, baits, or combinations of the two. It is not unusual to notice more ants after treatment. The increase means the treatment worked. Ants, drawn to the bait, take it back to the colony and share with other colony members and ultimately the queen.
Products used, ensure ants live long enough to transport bait make to other colony members. As colonies start to die off, customers notice a drop in activity. The typical treatment takes ten days to two weeks. In some situations or dealing with certain species, several treatments are necessary to control the ants.
Preventing Ant Infestation
Clean up food sources such as dog food and crumbs. Keep food stored in airtight containers. Seal crevices and cracks around the home. Know that ants are common in Arizona and prolific colonizers. It is not out of the ordinary for ants to reestablish themselves around a building or home. They are relentless, industrious, and small. Unfortunately, ants that want to find a means of entering a home are likely to do so. The goal of Atomic Pest Control is to keep ants out.