Ant Pest Control & Extermination Services
Legacy has been performing ant pest control in Utah since 2001. Ants are commonly found in Utah homes and businesses. The most common ants found in the Ogden and Salt Lake Valley are pavement ants and carpenter ants. They can be found all year long, and although most species don’t bit or sting, they can carry disease and/or contaminate food in your home. Successfully elimination of ant infestations takes knowledge of ant behaviors, and ant pest control skills gained through years of experience. To successfully get rid of ants, it is often the best approach to track them back to the colony, and then treat the colony nest directly.
For Ants Pest Control Utah, Legacy will typically spray baseboards and other problem areas inside of your home; we will also treat the outside of your home by spraying the home’s foundation and any other problem areas. Small ant infestations can typically be solved with a single treatment, and we guarantee our work for 30 days. The insecticide used for ant pest control is safe for both kids and pets.
Types of Ants in Utah
Pavement Ants in Utah
Pavement Ants are the small black ants you see in your kitchen, and their colony responsibility is to forage for food, build the nest, and to care for the young. Pavement ants are found outdoors under stones, patio blocks, and in cracks; they can be found inside your home underneath floorboards or in the walls. Pavement ants will feed on practically anything consumed by humans and greasy foods are their favorite. Ants can become a nuisance when large groups enter your home.
Carpenter Ants in Utah
Carpenter Ants, also known as sugar ants, are some of the largest ants you will see in Utah. These ants like to build their nests inside of dead, damp wooded areas. Despite the fact that they do not consume wood (like termites do) Carpenter Ants are known for hollowing out wood stumps outdoors; they can be found indoors infesting wooden buildings or structures. Carpenter Ants can become a real problem as they can cause major structural damage to a home’s support beams or other important wooden building materials.
Harvester Ants in Utah
Harvester Ants are also often called red ants or fire ants. Their colors range from light red to darker red, and some are nearly black. These ants live outdoors and thrive in the hot and dry Utah summers. The Harvester Ant’s diet consists of vegetation, plant seeds, and mushrooms. Beware of these ants. They are known to be aggressive, and their sting is painful. Seek medical attention if you have an allergic reaction to a Harvester Ant sting or if you experience extreme swelling, migraine headache, or other symptoms.
Field Ants in Utah
Similar to Carpenter Ants, Field Ants are large. They are also called giant ants. They range in size from about 4 to 8 mm. Field Ants are often mistaken for Carpenter Ants, but unlike Carpenter Ants, Field Ants are lightly colored, typically yellow, light red, black, or a combination of any of these colors. These ants live outdoors, and they prefer open areas like grass lawns. The Field Ants build mounds and live in those as their home, protecting their colony from weather elements. They may come inside in search of food, entering through crevices around windows or door frames.
Velvety Tree Ants in Utah
The Velvety Tree Ants are typically found on trees. This ant species flourishes in California and is common in Utah. Their color is reddish-brown. The Velvety Tree Ants have a black, soft fuzzy underside, which is the feature that inspires their name. The average Velvety Tree Ant is around ¼ inch long. This ant species usually lives outdoors. These ants eat mealworms, scale insects (Sternorrhyncha), and honeydew (liquid waste) from aphids in trees. The Velvety Tree Ant also eats various plants. These ants may enter a home by chewing through vulnerable wood areas. The ants may make nests in rotting or moist wood areas in walls or elsewhere. Velvety Tree Ants can bite, causing mild to moderate temporary pain.
Ants Identification and Pest Control Facts
An important aspect of getting rid of ant infestations is knowing how ants behave. Here are some things you should know about ants:
- Entry: Ants can get into your home through miniscule cracks in search of food, water, or shelter.
- Scent Trails: Ants secrete pheromones from their body in order to impact other ants to signal other ants to follow their trail to food, and can also be used to mark their territory to other species.
- Ant Colony Size: Ant Colonies, also called formicary, can vary in size very dramatically from one type of ant to another. Ant colonies can reach numbers of hundreds of thousands, and whole colonies can quickly relocate if threatened.
- Do it Yourself Ant Pest Control Approaches: Many DIY ant pest control Utah methods only work on the ants that you can physically see. Additionally, home remedies do not account for the face that different types of ant infestations require different methods of treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Ant Pest Control
To Prevent Ant Infestation in Your Utah Home
If you are struggling with an ant infestation in your home, you should contact a licensed exterminator who provides residential pest control services to eradicate that population. To avoid an ant infestation in or around your home, take these preventive pest control steps:
- Seal all windows and doors with effective weather strips.
- Caulk around all openings on the building exterior where electrical and plumbing conduits are routed into the home.
- Keep your kitchen clean, free from any food particles on countertops or floors.
- Keep surfaces dry in your kitchen and bathrooms.
- Remove any standing water around the bases of houseplants, pet food bowls, in the mudroom, laundry room, or basement.
- Replace any dry, wet, or rotting wood along the exterior or interior walls, floors, or deck spaces of your home.
- Keep pet food bowls and floors around those clean and dry.
In spite of having no ears or lungs,
ants have two stomachs.
The queen of the Pogonomyrmex Owyheei species of ant can live up to 30 years,
making her one of the world’s longest living insects.
A supercolony of ants was found in Argentina with
nests stretching over an area more than 3,500 miles wide.
The tiny ant turned out to be mightier than the dinosaur,
having been in existence since at least the mid-Cretaceous period,
130 million years ago.
There are over 12,000 ant species worldwide
A single ant can carry 50 times its own bodyweight,
and they’ll even work together to move bigger objects as a group!
For More Information About Ant Pest Control & Extermination Services
Legacy Pest Control is a family-owned pest control company based in Ogden, Utah. Our specialists are ready to help you at all hours of the day and night throughout the Ogden, Utah region. We offer single and repeat treatments as well as monthly Utah pest control plans for our residential and commercial clients.
The goal of Legacy Pest Control is to provide safe, effective, and inexpensive pest control to every residential and commercial customer. We only employ natural pest-control solutions that are completely child-friendly and pet-friendly.
For more information or to schedule an appointment for ant control service, call Legacy Pest Control at (801) 779-3131, or use our online contact request today!
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