Maintaining An Ant-Free Home: Tips And Tricks For Phoenix Residents
January 21, 2024
Ant control in Phoenix isn’t always a walk in the park. We’ve got quite a few different species that can invade homes in our area, and what’s even worse is that not all of them are just a nuisance. Some of them can pose more serious problems than just looking unappealing on your countertop.
How Ants Find Their Way Into Our Homes
Ant control is so difficult because of the way ants communicate and scavenge for food. Ants are social insects with an incredibly keen sense of smell. When one worker ant sniffs out food on your property — say, a dirty pet bowl — it will send pheromone signals to all the other ants in her colony to tell them where to come.
The ants follow these signals and leave scent trails of their own. This is why you often find lines of ants crawling around your property. It’s also why it can be tougher to keep ants out of your home than it is to keep out other pests.
Are House Ants Typically Dangerous?
While most ant species are considered nuisance pests, there are a few types of ants in our area that can cause more significant problems. Carpenter ants are one such species. These large, black ants like to nest in dead wood, and since there isn’t much of that in the desert, they often turn to human habitations. This can cause costly structural damage to your home.
Another common harmful ant in our area is the fire ant. We actually have several species of fire ant in Arizona, including the southern fire ant and two species of desert fire ant. While these are unique species, one thing they have in common is their penchant for swarming like flightless hornets and stinging anything they perceive as a threat as many times as it takes to chase it off.
Why DIY Ant Control Is A Waste Of Time And Money
To get rid of ants, many Phoenix property owners turn to store-bought products like glue boards or even natural solutions like coffee grains. The problem with most of these solutions is that they only repel or kill a small number of individual ants. They do not eliminate entire colonies. Ant colonies are tough to eliminate because they are resilient and complex. If you kill a large portion of the colony, the rest can spread out and bounce back. Many ant species can even replace their queens with ease.
Furthermore, many natural ant repellents, such as lemon zest or coffee grounds, have to be replaced almost every day to remain effective. They’re so high-maintenance that they’re impractical for the average homeowner.
However, following ant prevention tips is a more effective way to help you make your home less attractive to these pests. Take measures like:
- Store pantry foods in airtight containers.
- Tightly cover all indoor and outdoor trash cans.
- Seal cracks in your home’s foundation.
- Eliminate excess moisture, such as condensation and poor drainage.
- Never leave dirty dishes, including pet bowls, sitting out.
Taking these measures might help ward off ants, but even then, your best efforts may not always be enough. This isn’t your fault. You just need expert help.
The Key To Successful Ant Control In Phoenix
Here at Overson Pest Control, we are familiar with all the common ant species that infest Phoenix area properties. We also boast a suite of professional-grade products that can eliminate entire ant infestations rather than simply reducing your home’s ant problem.
So don’t waste your time or your money with over-the-counter ant removal products. Give us a call or visit our contact page to schedule your ant inspection and service today!