How Did These Ants Get Into My Phoenix Home?
February 8, 2021
Without help from others in their community, a single ant is not a significant problem. It is only when these pests group together and work in unison that serious issues arise. Unfortunately for homeowners, ants are social insects that are better at working together than most animals on the planet. One way they prove their formidableness is by breaking into homes here in Phoenix. Here is how ants invade living spaces in our area and some things you should know in order to keep them out.
Ants That Live Around Phoenix
Without doing a bit of research, it is difficult to tell different species of ants apart. To help you identify and understand ants around Phoenix, here is what you should know.
An Argentine ant is one-sixteenth to one-quarter of an inch long and has a dark brown to black body. Brought to American in the 1800s, these invasive insects prefer living around homes and regularly come inside to scavenge for food.
The pharaoh ant is a sixteenth of an inch long and has a pale yellow to red body with a dark abdomen. Unlike many area ants, pharaoh ants carry and transmit dangerous diseases. Two sicknesses these pests spread around homes are staphylococcus and salmonellosis.
A pavement ant is an eighth of an inch long and has a dark brown to black body. As their name suggests, these insects build their nests around paved areas such as driveways, sidewalks, and the foundation of homes.
The carpenter ant is five-eighths of an inch long and has a red, black, or red and black body. Known for being the largest ant species in North America, these destructive pests build their nests into large water-damaged, rotting, or decaying wood structures and cause a considerable amount of damage to the homes here in Phoenix each year.
A fire ant is one-eighth to three-eighths of an inch long and has a dark reddish-brown body. Although the least likely to be found crawling around inside your home, these problematic pests love building their nests around yards, biting and stinging anyone who comes too close.
Why Ants Invade Homes
Ants invade homes for one of two reasons; to scavenge for food or to find shelter from unfavorable conditions outdoors. As long as your house provides these pests access to food sources and has entry points in its exterior to let them in, you will have trouble with these insects eventually.
How Ants Get Inside
Ants invade homes through any gap, crack, or hole they can find. If your doors and or windows don't fit properly, ants will use gaps around them to squeeze inside. If the foundation of your home is damaged, ants will crawl through cracks they find. Sometimes ants invade through open doors and windows; it all depends on what entry point they find first.
Five Great Exclusion Tips For Ants
- Seal gaps, holes, and cracks in your home's exterior foundation using caulk.
- Make sure your window and door screens are in good condition.
- Install door sweeps under exterior doors.
- Keep unscreened doors, and windows closed as much as possible.
- Repair damage to your home's siding.
The Solution To Ant Infestations Around Phoenix
If you need ants to stay out of your home and do not have the time to exclude them yourself, consider hiring the experts at Overson Pest Control. Let us create a lasting barrier of defense around your home's exterior designed to ensure pests like ants stay outside where they belong.
Give us a call now to discuss your service options and find a pest control plan that best handles the ants causing trouble around your Phoenix home and property. Learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control solutions.