Ant Control in Arizona
Have you found an ant mound in your yard or somewhere near your home?
Ants affect us adversely by stinging or biting; invading and contaminating food; nesting in lawns, golf courses or within premises; stealing seeds from seed beds or feeding on germinating seeds; defoliating or gnawing into plants and plant products; fostering other landscape pests (e.g. aphids or scale insects on ornamental plants); gnawing holes in various types of fabrics; removing insulation from telephone wires or other equipment; killing young poultry, birds, livestock or game; simply annoying humans and animals with their presence; and possibly transmitting certain human diseases after crawling over sputum, feces, carrion and so forth.
The first step in any treatment plan is finding what is attracting the ants and removing the food source or stopping access to the food source. Then we inspect to find where the ants are coming from. This is often done by following the ant “trails” that they often follow. These trails will lead to the surface opening to the colony. Our customers often help us find these entrances by simply telling us where they see the most ant activity. Once we locate the colony entrances, we often use baits, non-repellents or a combination of both.
- Baits: Baits use an attractant that ants think is food. Baits draw in foraging ants, which then take the bait back to the colony, where it is shared with the other ants. Baits often create more ant activity initially because the baits are attracting more ants. The bait’s active ingredient is untraceable and slow acting, giving the ants plenty of time to spread it throughout the colony – ultimately reaching the queen, which eliminates the colony.
- Non-repellents: Because ants can’t detect non-repellent treatments, applying the liquid at the colony entrances means the ants will pick up the product as they go out to forage and carry it back inside the colony when they return. The non-repellent product will eventually spread through the colony, eventually reaching – and eliminating – the queen.
Homeowners usually notice more ants after bait treatments, which can be disconcerting. However, the increase in ant activity is good because it means the treatment is working. More ants are being drawn in by the baits, which then take the bait back to the colony to share with the other ants and ultimately the queen. The products are designed to ensure the ants survive long enough to transport the bait back to the colony. As the colony begins to die off, homeowners will notice a drop in ant activity, usually within 10-14 days. Depending on the species and the situation, it may take several treatments to control the colony.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Ant Control products, if misused, can potentially poison or otherwise harm you, your children, or your pets.
One of the easiest prevention steps you can take is to keep your food sealed in airtight containers and clean up crumbs, spilled pet food or any other food sources that might attract ants. You can also try to seal up cracks and crevices around your home. However, you should be aware that since ants are so common and are such prolific colonizers it is normal to have ants reestablish themselves around a home or building. Ants are small, industrious, and relentless, and if they want to find a way into your home, they likely will.
Our goal is to keep ants (and all pests) out. Each Bug Guardian service plan provides coverage for ants and is backed by a simple guarantee: “If between your scheduled treatments you feel you need additional service or are not satisfied, please call us and we will return and service your home, free of charge.”
Who should you call when you need an ant exterminator? Phoenix, Scottsdale and Maricopa County residents rely on the experts at Bug Guardian Pest Control.