Ant Pest Control for Your Peoria Home

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Ants are the most common insect that homeowners will ever come into contact with. Peoria, Arizona provides a perfect environment for ants to thrive in and if your home is not properly protected by Bug Guardian Pest Prevention, ants will be able to easily gain access into your home and cause a great deal of problems. Ants have the ability to fit through the smallest crack or crevice they can find on the exterior of your home to get inside. Once an ant has successfully gained access into your home they will immediately begin searching for a reliable food and water source. This usually ends up being in your kitchen, bathroom or laundry room area. Arizona is home to a variety of ant species and it is important to become familiar with the ants that are trying to get into your home so you can combat them in the best possible way. Bug Guardian Pest Prevention is skilled and experienced in dealing with all species of ants in Arizona and will keep them away from your home.

There are five major classifications of ants in the Sonoran Desert and Phoenix area.

  • Black ants are the most common ants found in homes and on patios. They can range from 1/16” to bigger than ½”, and most of their lives are spent caring for the colony: gathering food and, for the queen, laying eggs.
  • Pharaoh ants are very small, but their colonies can number up to 30,000. They are a huge annoyance since their diet includes human foods along with vegetation.
  • Fire ants come in two varieties: the southern fire ant and the imported red fire ant. They range from 1/16” to ¼” and are identifiable by their red heads and darker bodies. Fire ants have a stinger at the tail end of their bodies. They sting or bite and can be quite painful.
  • Carpenter ant is a label often used interchangeably with termite, but they’re actually not the same. They eat and nest in wood, so they can cause a lot of structural damage (hence why they’re sometimes confused with termites). Carpenter ants bite and inject formic acid into the wound, causing a lot of pain.
  • Harvester ants are another stinging type of ant. They grow as large as ½” and eat vegetation. They have been known to pose a huge threat to crops in agricultural areas.

Colossal Colonies

Probably one of the biggest challenges ants pose in Arizona is the size of their colonies. Although small individually, their colony numbers are large, and they eat things that are found in or around Arizona homes: wood, vegetation, and even human food. They tend to nest near food and water sources, so in the dry desert, a landscaped lawn makes an excellent home for these little pests. And since three of the five Arizona ant varieties sting or bite, there’s the added problem of pain in addition to the annoyance of having these little black or red insects on your property.

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9 Tips to Keep Ants Out of Your Peoria Home

Attracts ants inside Peoria home

Ants aren’t all that different from us. Like us, they are looking for food, shelter, and water. Remove their access to these resources in your home and you can greatly reduce their interest in making your home a permanent residence. Because like us, if they can’t find what they’re looking for, they’ll look for it somewhere else. And you want that somewhere else to be outside, in their natural environment. That is rule #1 in getting rid of ants.

1. Wipe up crumbs and spills immediately

Ants seem to start out on your floors and on your countertops. They are there because your crumbs and spills are there. Make a habit of sweeping up crumbs right away. Spills should be wiped up, and if sticky, should be cleaned with soap and water or another appropriate cleanser.

2. Keep food in sealed containers

Opened bags of chips, crackers, cereals, and other snacks should be rolled up tightly and kept closed with a clothespin or other similar device. Sugar and flour should be placed in airtight containers. Honey, maple syrup, and other sticky-sweet goodies should be stored in the refrigerator.

3. Dispose of garbage appropriately and regularly

Keeping food scraps in your household garbage is a huge no-no, especially in the summer. Invest in an outdoor composter and put raw food scraps in the composter, immediately. Raw food scraps include potato peels, banana peels, lettuce ends, carrot tops, and any other uncooked food. You can also toss your egg shells, coffee grinds and teabags into your composter. Make sure to keep your compost bin far away from home’s foundation. We like to use my grandmother’s method of eliminating cooked food scraps. In the summer, my grandmother would put cooked food scraps in a plastic bag and put this bag in the freezer until trash pick-up day. Any food scraps left in your regular trash are a homing beacon to hungry ants.

4. Keep pet food and water dishes clean

Your pet’s food bowl is easy-pickins for ants. Serve your pet only the amount of food that she will eat in one sitting. Any leftover dry kibble should be tossed or put back in the bag for tomorrow. Wet food leftovers should be treated like cooked food scraps (see above). Your pet’s water bowl should be cleaned regularly to avoid an accumulation of food residue or the stray bloated kibble. Your pet’s dry kibble bag should be kept in a airtight container.

5. Seal any cracks and holes on the outside of the home with silicone caulk

Silicone caulk is readily available at any of the big box home improvement stores. Your local hardware store is also likely to carry silicone caulk. Youtube can provide you with a quick tutorial, if you need one, on how to apply caulk to exterior cracks.

6. Repair holes or gaps in window and door screens

Big box home improvement stores sell screen repair kits, but truthfully they can often be a pain. Oftentimes, your local hardware store can be your best resource when you have a rip in a screen. Our neighborhood hardware store fixes screens for $2-$5 a screen. You take them out of the window, drive them down, and often can pick them up the next day.

7. Replace weather-stripping

Your doors and windows can provide easy entry for not only you and your expected guests, but also the unexpected and unwanted guests—ants. Inspect your doors and windows regularly and replace any loose or damaged weather-stripping. These materials are cheap and easy to use. In most cases, you roll it out, remove the backing, and just stick it on.

8. Repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows

This is a task best left to the professionals. Surprisingly, masons are not as expensive as one might think. Look up a reputable mason, or get a good solid reference from a dependable source.

9. Keep tree branches and other shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house

This is another situation where you may want to call the professionals. We’ve all heard the stories about the neighbor who insists on cutting his trees himself, on a step ladder, with a chainsaw. Save yourself the trip to the emergency room (and the humiliation), and call a tree surgeon to trim your overhanging trees. You can likely take care of the low shrubbery yourself with a good set of hedge clippers.

Still have ants?

If ants persist, despite all your best attempts, a professional pest removal service will be your best bet. A good service technician can provide preventative pest control that can often be environmentally friendlier than you might think. Ants are smart and catch on pretty quick. Once they know your home is being maintained regularly, they will lose interest and look for their resources elsewhere.

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Ants Invade Arizona Home this Spring

Spring is officially here and with it comes one of the most persistent warm-weather pests—ants. As temperatures rise, America’s number one nuisance pest will invade homes across the Houston area in search of food. While most species present problems in people’s pantries and kitchens, some species can deliver painful bites while others inflict property damage. According to a survey from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), more than half of consumers list ants as their top pest concern.

Although ants can be difficult to control once they have entered a home, the following preventative measures can play a major role in helping to avoid infestations:

• Wipe up crumbs and spills immediately
• Store garbage in sealed containers and remove from the home frequently
• Keep food packages closed or sealed and store products in air-tight containers
• Avoid leaving food out on the counter or pet food out on the floor for long periods of time
• Repair holes or gaps in window and door screens
• Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including entry points for utilities and pipes
• Keep tree branches and shrubbery well-trimmed and away from the house
• Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows

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Scorpion Seal for Your Peoria Home

Scorpion Seal for Your Peoria Home

The Arizona Bark scorpion is most dangerous if the person stung has an allergic reaction. Because of this it is best to protect your family and your home by having a Scorpion Seal completed.There are about 90 species of scorpions in the United States and an estimated 1500 species worldwide. There are more than 40 species in Arizona alone. In the western U.S., only one species of scorpion venom is considered very dangerous to humans. Yup, we have it right here in Arizona. It’s called the Arizona Bark scorpion. It is a straw colored or opaque and is usually less than 2 inches long.

Unlike standard pest control, scorpion sealing does not use any harsh chemicals or pesticides to keep pests out. Scorpion sealing focuses on a preventative approach by closing up any openings where bugs or scorpions could sneak in and scare your family. Most homeowners would be surprised to find that there are many areas in their home where pests could enter and wreak havoc. For example, the weatherstripping on doors and windows is usually the first place bugs will go to get into your home.

Benefits of a Scorpion Seal

There are more benefits to a scorpion seal then to just keep those pesky scorpions and bugs out of your home. Sealing small spaces and cracks in your home can help to ease many other annoyances that you experience as a homeowner. When you schedule your scorpion seal service, you will be left with a scorpion-free home, lower energy bills and an overall more comfortable home for you and your family to enjoy.

Some of the added benefits of a scorpion seal are:

  • Less pollen and dust in your home
  • Reduce noise from outside
  • Better humidity control
  • Increase in energy efficiency
  • Decrease in the number of pests entering your home

Choosing a Pest Control Company You Trust

No one pest is the same; however, they all provide equal annoyance to your comfort and family. When choosing an Arizona exterminator, you want someone who specializes in all varieties of pests that can find their way into your home. At Bug Guardian Pest Prevention, we handle scorpions, general pest control, bed bugs, ants, and a great deal more using safe, EPA approved chemicals.

Also, you will want to select a company that employs trained and certified professional to enter your home. Our professional staff are thorough in their inspections and have had extensive background checks before working for our company.
Ready to get started living pest free? Schedule your inspection with our team to see if a scorpion seal is the best option to keep pests out of your Peoria home for good!

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