What Are Ants?
Ants are one of the most common insects in Arizona, and they have some unique capabilities. More than 10,000 known ant species occur around the world. They are especially prevalent in tropical forests, where they may be up to half of all the insects living in some locations.
With more than a dozen native ant species and several imported varieties in Arizona, you’ll see these pests in your yard and your house. You may even find Carpenter Ants damaging your home. Ants are particularly pesky because they have large colonies and infest homes in great numbers.
Experts agree that ants are the most common household pest in the United States, but we don’t think that they have to be. With effective ant control from Pest Control One, you can enjoy your home and your yard without interference from these tiny intruders.
Ants vs. Termites
Ants look much like termites, and the two are often confused—especially by nervous homeowners. However, ants have a narrow “waist” between the abdomen and thorax, which termites do not. Ants also have large heads, elbowed antennae, and powerful jaws. These insects belong to the order Hymenoptera, which includes wasps and bees.
ANT IDENTIFICATION TYPES OF ANTS ANT TREATMENT AND CONTROL
Types Of Ants
Ant treatment and Control
Before we start evicting ants, we will identify the species. This helps our pest management professionals determine their behavior and preferred nesting site as well as the best method for addressing the problem. If you’ve seen flying ants, we’ll make sure that you don’t have a termite problem since both insects look similar.
Ants have three pronounced body segments, six legs and a pair of antennae. Their bodies can be brown, reddish-brown, yellow or black. Ants range in size from less than one-sixteenth of an inch to more than three-quarters of an inch.
Some species thrive outdoors. Others prefer the food, water and shelter that is available within homes. Since they are so small, it’s easy for hoards to find their way inside through tiny openings.
Types of Ants
Invasive ants are a big problem in our area. Venomous fire ants and newly arrived Tawny Crazy Ants are a major concern.
Common house ants may also be troublesome because their colonies can be several thousand strong. Ants aren’t solo travelers. In many cases, you can trace a trail of ants back to the nest. Unlike fire ants, most house ants don’t bite, but it is believed that they carry bacteria, including salmonella and staphylococcus. Some of the most common ants in Arizona are Carpenter Ants, Argentine Ants, Odorous House Ants and Fire Ants.
Ant Control and Treatment
Ants require thorough treatments that target the entire colony. Otherwise, they will return. The pest management professionals at Pest Control One will develop a customized treatment plan that addresses the problem and your concerns.
Types of Termites
Biology and habits of termites