Most of the time ants are more of a nuisance than a real problem here in the Surprise, AZ area. But most folks don’t care – they just don’t want ants in their kitchen or yard. The most common ant related questions we get are ‘how to get rid of ants’ and ‘what does an exterminator do for ants’. Those are really loaded questions as every situation is different and requires a well thought out control program to be effective.
There are over 300 species of ants in Arizona and some can and will bite. And of course Fire Ants are kind of in a league of their own when it comes to that. There are 3 species of Fire Ants in Arizona: the southern fire ant and 2 species of desert fire ants. The name Fire Ant comes from their bite which can be quite painful. Add in the fact that they can be pretty aggressive if their nest is disturbed and you have what most folks consider to be the biggest true pest problem ants cause in the Surprise AZ area.
The majority of ant related pest problems involve an ant problem in the yard or somewhere outside. Sometimes they can be difficult to get rid of because they can have a rather large colony under ground and can travel fairly far for food and water. Different species of ants require different treatments to attain control. An effective outdoor ant control program is dependent on several factors including the species of ant you’re dealing with, where the ants are appearing, the landscaping, weather and many other possible factors. Sometimes ant bait is a great solution, but different ants require different baits. And some species don’t take baits as readily as others. Ant baits will not eliminate ant pupae so a follow-up treatment should often be included in the treatment plan that involves the use of an ant bait – especially for a new account.
Often there are environmental factors that can invite or even cause an ant infestation. Like mosquitoes, silverfish, flies and all other critters, ants are looking for food, water and shelter. If there are easily available food and/or water sources on your property you may have to deal with ants over and over again until those resources have been eliminated. They aren’t always the pickiest eaters and will extract the required calories from almost anything. There’s kind of a rule of general thumb among professional exterminators: ants are always thirsty. That’s why you’ll find them in the bathrooms so often. So if there is a consistent source for water they’ll use it. That source should either be eliminated or taken into consideration when developing your ant control program.
The same basic rules apply as it pertains to an ant problem inside of a home or business. They’re looking for food, water and shelter. The various species of ants that we find consistently inside of a structure are usually different from the ones we find outside. That’s not always true, but it applies most of the time. The ants we find inside will usually react well to various gel baits with some species preferring one bait and another species preferring a different bait. If you see a single ant of just a few in a general location, the best thing to do is to kill them. They are probably scouts and will tell all of their friends about any food/water source they may find if they are allowed to go back to the colony.
It’s probably pretty safe to say that ants are here to stay and will at some point ‘bug’ all of us. If you have ants in Surprise AZ or anywhere throughout the west metro Phoenix area, get you free quote and let us give your ants the boot.