The National Pest Management Association has ranked ants as the #1 nuisance pest in the United States. In terms of sheer numbers, they are the dominant species on the planet. It’s estimated that ants outnumber humans by at least a million to one, and there are a total of over 22,000 different species worldwide. Fortunately, only three of those species are most likely to invade homes in the U.S. Those three are carpenter ants, odorous house ants, and pavement ants. To prevent them from dominating your home, there are a few steps you can take.
Carpenter ants burrow into wood that has been compromised by moisture or decay to build permanent nests. Piles of wood shavings are often evidence of a carpenter ant infestation. Performing regular inspections, especially during and after the rainy season, is one of the best ways to prevent an infestation. To avoid the growth of fungus that causes decay, it’s important to take the necessary steps to preserve your wooden structures. One of those steps is maintaining a protective coating of paint.
Odorous House Ants
Odorous house ants build temporary nests in multiple locations, which can make an infestation more difficult to eliminate. These ants often live in the vegetation surrounding homes. One of the steps you can take to prevent an infestation is to ensure that none of your shrubs, plants, flowers, or other vegetation comes into direct contact with the structure of your home. These ants are attracted by the aroma of human foods, so storing food in sealable containers and taking the garbage out more frequently during summer months are other important steps you can take.
Pavement ants also build nests in multiple locations to accommodate their many queens. They are sometimes called mason ants because they move the sand from beneath sidewalks, patios, and driveways. As anyone who has encountered them while outdoors enjoying a backyard barbecue can tell you, these ants have a stinger. To prevent them from entering your home, you should regularly inspect windows, seams, and doors for any gaps that could provide them easy entry. Any cracks or crevices in walls or floors should be promptly repaired.
In Case of Infestation: Ant Pest Control
Even when you’ve taken all the right steps, a sudden change in climate conditions or the actions of a negligent neighbor can result in an infestation that requires professional help. Legacy Pest Control has been in the ant pest control business in Northern Utah for over 15 years. If you need pest control for ants, we’ve got you covered!
We know how quickly an ant infestation can happen, and the consequences it can have, so our customer service representatives are available 24 hours a day. Many of our customers enjoy the benefits of our regular service plans designed specifically for their individual needs. Others prefer to take advantage of our one-time services, all of which come with a minimum 30-day satisfaction guarantee.
As a family-owned business, we’ve built our reputation on a foundation of dependability, respect for your home, and using only products that are safe for your children and pets. We have experience in eliminating virtually every type of household pest, including roaches, rodents, and more. To make an appointment for a free inspection, you can give us a call at 801-779-3131, or contact us here.