Ant Identification & Prevention

What are ants?

Ants are small, but hard-working, insects. They live and work together in large groups. Ants all have six legs, bent antennae, and three distinct body regions. The reproductive members of the colony have wings. Depending on the species of ant, they vary in size, color, behavior, and nesting preferences. Two species of ants that live throughout our area of Utah are fire ants and sugar ants.

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Ants divide the members of their colony into three different groups: sterile female workers, reproductive males, and reproductive queens. Worker ants are the group that people come into contact with the most, in their homes or yards. Workers are responsible for gathering food, maintaining the nest, and caring for the developing larvae. The queens and reproductive males only have one job: make more ants!

Are ants dangerous?

Ants can be dangerous to both people and our properties. Some species damage the structure of the home they have invaded. Others, like fire ants, pose a direct threat to people. Fire ants deliver painful bites and stings, and the venom they inject during a sting is strong enough to trigger severe allergic reactions in some people. Fire ants are also problematic because they often invade farm machinery, air conditioners, and heaters causing short circuits and other costly damage.

Why do I have an ant problem?

Ants are in your yard or home because your property is offering them easy access to food sources. Ants nesting in your yard will forage for food in garbage cans, recycling bins, compost areas, your pet's food bowls, gardens, and your family's outdoor eating areas. As they are moving around your yard foraging for food, they often find their way indoors through cracks in exterior walls and the foundation or spaces under doors.

Where will I find ants?

Ants live and nest in varying locations, depending on their species:

  • Sugar ants are a small species of ant that find their way into homes while foraging for food and like to place their nests near areas of moisture, often choosing spaces behind wall voids that are near hot water pipes. When nesting outside, these ants nest in damp soil under fallen trees, under mulch or out in the open in our yards.

  • Fire ants prefer to live outside, and you'll find them nesting in open sunny areas. Yards, parks, athletic fields, and golf courses are common nesting spots for fire ants.

How do I get rid of ants?

Get rid of ants with the help of the professionals at Premier Pest Control. Our professionals go above and beyond to meet the needs of all our customers. Trust our customized pest control services to eliminate your current pest problems and prevent them from returning.

We are a local, family-owned company dedicated to exceeding expectations and treating every home like our own. To learn more about protecting your Washington County, Iron County, or Beaver County, Utah home or business from ants, reach out to Premier Pest Control today!

How can I prevent ants in the future?

Prevent problems with ants the easy way by partnering with Premier Pest Control! It is also important to implement the following prevention tips to avoid issues with ants:

  • Use caulk to repair cracks in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.

  • Seal up spaces around wires and other utilities entering into your house.

  • Place weatherstripping around windows and doors.

  • Replace torn or loose window and door screens.

  • Clean-up outdoor eating areas and keep them free of food debris.

  • Place tight-fitting lids on all trash cans, recycling bins, and compost bins.

  • Use a dehumidifier in basement areas.

  • Repair any leaking pipes around your house.

  • Keep kitchen areas clean and free of stray crumbs and spills.

 

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