What are ants?
Ants are insects that have a complicated social structure and live together in large groups. Ants vary in color and size, depending on their exact species. All ants have three distinct body parts, including a head, thorax, and abdomen. Only the reproductive members of the colony are winged.
The most common ants found in the Queen Creek region of Arizona are crazy ants and rover ants.
Crazy ants are a tiny ant species that range in color from brownish-red to black. Crazy ants don’t walk together in a line like many other species of ants do. Instead, individuals display frantic, erratic, or "crazy" movement.
Rover ants are a small species of ant. They vary in color from pale yellow to dark brown. This species has antennae that are only 9-segmented, instead of 12- segmented like most other ants. Their thorax has a hump-like appearance and their eyes are relatively large compared to the size of their head.
Are ants dangerous?
Ants are often described as a nuisance or dangerous. Nuisance ants are invasive and can be difficult to get rid of, but they pose no significant health risks or danger to people. They also do not cause any damage to the structures of homes or other buildings. Rover ants are considered nuisance ants.
Dangerous ants are those ants that pose health risks to people or damage property. Crazy ants are dangerous ants. They are aggressive and won’t hesitate to bite if they are threatened or disturbed. Crazy ants can also cause property damage. They are attracted to electrical equipment and are known to cause major damage to large appliances, air-conditioning units, and heating units.
Why do I have an ant problem?
Ants are drawn to properties that offer the things they need to survive - food, water, and shelter. Clogged gutters, leaky outdoor fixtures, dense vegetation, open garbage cans, gardens, wood and rock piles, animal feed, compost piles, and outdoor eating areas are common ant nesting, feeding, and breeding sites. Once on your property, ants will find their way into your home through openings in its exterior, usually while foraging for food. Ants also move into homes and other buildings when the weather outside becomes too hot, dry, or wet for them to live comfortably.
Where will I find ants?
Ants nest outside in a variety of locations, including underneath soil and mulch, in piles of wood, in cracks of pavement and sidewalks, along fence lines, in garden areas, under fallen trees, under landscaping ties, or inside tree stumps. Ants nest inside underneath floors, inside insulation, in crawlspaces, behind walls, behind wooden trim, and behind appliances and heating systems. Rover ants are often attracted to areas inside homes where moisture and fungal decay is present. Crazy ants can’t survive low temperatures and move inside when the weather outside becomes too cold.
How do I get rid of ants?
Partner with a trusted pest control expert to control invasive ants. At All Clear Pest Control, we offer family-friendly and eco-friendly residential and commercial pest control services to quickly resolve your Arizona property’s ant problem. Our trained technicians provide the inspection, treatment, and prevention services needed to eliminate ants and to stop their return. For a free estimate, or to learn more about our ant control services, reach out to us!
How can I prevent ants in the future?
Put into place the following prevention measures to minimize future issues with ants:
Use dehumidifiers in basement areas to reduce moisture levels.
Remove water sources.
Keep outdoor eating areas cleaned up.
Outdoor trash cans should have tight-fitting or locking lids on them.
Trim tree branches, bushes, and other landscaping away from the outside of your home.
Place a stone or crushed rock barrier between any mulch or grass and your home’s foundation.
Inspect packages and deliveries for ants before bringing them inside.
Repair any gaps in the exterior walls, roofline, and foundation of your home that ants can enter through.
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