When it comes to your Arizona home, one of the most dreaded pests to find making a home of their own, is ants. There is nothing like going to grab a cup of coffee and noticing these unwanted visitors throughout your kitchen. Ants make for terrible visitors; they show up uninvited, get into everything, and are in no hurry to leave. These little pests are much more common in the spring and summer, making it a priority to keep ants out of your home during the warmer months of the year. But, how?
Before we get into keeping ants out of your home, we thought it would be good to cover the basics.
There are different types of ants that are most commonly found in Arizona: carpenter ants, acrobat ants, field ants, fire ants, crazy ants, and odorous house ants, to name a few. Each type of ant is different and all bring their own risks and behaviors. All ants typically come inside a home for the same reason, when their natural habitat is destroyed, they seek out alternate food sources, which a home usually has an abundance of. The thing about ants is, once you have them, you likely have a lot of them, and they can be difficult to get rid of.
House ants are some of the most common ants you will find inside your home. When it comes to house ants, “The problem is they can really proliferate,” says Jody Gangloff-Kauffman, an entomologist and the director of the Integrated Pest Management Program at Cornell University. “By the time you start spotting them inside your house, you may already have hundreds.” “The good news is that they’re really considered a nuisance pest,” she says. So while house ants may show up on your kitchen counters or around the shower, they won’t transmit disease or cause any real damage to your home or business (Consumer Reports).
How to Keep Ants Out of Your Home
If you have ants in your Phoenix or Tucson home, you are not alone. Ants are the most common reported pests in the country,” says Dr. Michael Bentley, staff entomologist for the National Pest Management Association. Like all pests, ants are always in search of food and water, making your home likely to attract these critters.
Ants are very small and they can make their way inside through even the tiniest of spaces. They often come in through a door, window, crack, on something that was outdoors, etc. Regardless of how they get inside, in the spring and summer, it is common for them to do so, in search of the things they need to survive.
You can keep ants out of your home, by taking a few simple steps.
- Clean up spills, food, and pet food: Cleanliness is critical for the prevention and control of any pest. Ants feed on sugar, oils, and other foods, so wiping up spills right away, not having dirty dishes laying around, not leaving produce or bread on the counter, and keeping food in airtight containers can help to keep ants away. If they can’t easily access a food source, they are less likely to invade your home.
- Check the wood around your home: Wet and damp wood attracts different types of ants. Check around your home for areas that may attract ants with damp spots or rotten wood. Look around the shower, windows, basements, decks, attic, etc. for leaky areas. Treat or replace wet or rotten woods to eliminate the feeding area for ants.
- Think about the outdoor space around your home: If ants are attracted to the outside of your home, they will be less likely to make their way inside. To keep them outdoors, consider adding food sources outside the house and away from structures. Ants feed on sweet substances, and aphids, little insects that live on plants, excrete a honeydew like substance on plants that ants are attracted to. By not spraying or killing off aphids outdoors, you give the ants something to feed off of without needing to come indoors.
- Eliminate easy entry points: Ants are tiny creatures and can enter homes and buildings through minute cracks and crevices. To minimize them coming into your home, seal around windows and doors, and all cable, pipe, and wire entry points. Regularly inspect foundations for tiny cracks through which ants can gain entry to your home (thespruce). If items were outdoors and you are bringing them inside, inspect them for ants before going into your home.
You can keep ants out of our home by taking some precautions to try to prevent them and keep them from finding your home as inviting as you do. The best solution for ant control is hiring a local pest control company to help you keep out and eliminate ants.
When you have ants or another pest problem, you can’t wait days to have it fixed. At Bucksworth Home Services, we offer a 24-Hour Promise, which means we will be to your home in under 24 hours to fix your pest problem. We stand by our service so much that if you have another intrusion, we will come back and fix it for free. Having a pest-free home should be easy and you shouldn’t have to worry about pests coming back. To set up a pest control program or service with Bucksworth, schedule an appointment and we will come out and inspect your Arizona home or business and suggest a program that is best for you. We offer interior and exterior service, window, door, and vent barriers, front and back porch barriers, year-round service, and more.
Contact us to learn more and to take the first step in protecting your home or business from unwanted pests.