Ants Pest Control in Utah

Ants Pest Control in Utah
Latin Name:Formicidae
Length:2.6 to 3.2 mm long
Color:Variable in color from light red to brown or black
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Digestive Tract:Yes

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.

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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.

Argentine Ant

The colors of Argentine ants range from light to dark brown. These tiny ants average only about 1/8 inch in length. They nest outdoors in the soil under fallen logs, wood piles, rocks, and mulch and in crawl spaces. Indoors, they may be found behind walls, in basements, or under carpets, especially near tubs, sinks, leaks, or other areas with moisture. This species feeds on the honeydew of aphids and various other insects and a large variety of other food types, though they prefer sweet substances. Argentine ants are not a widely seen pest throughout Utah.

Odorous House Ant

Odorous house ants are dark brown or black and only about 1/8 inch in length. These ants live up to their name by emitting a foul odor resembling coconut when they’re squashed or just disrupted. They raise their abdomens in the air and run aimlessly when they’re disturbed. Odorous house ants nest at shallow depths in the soil or mulch beside buildings. Indoors, they may nest behind walls or under carpeting, typically near plumbing pipes or heat sources. They eat other insects. They thrive on the honeydew from aphids and various other insects. They also eat and contaminate fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meats, and sweets. (Contact Legacy for a professional ants exterminator to get rid of these tenacious pests.)

Pharaoh Ant

These minuscule ants measure only around 1/16 to 1/12 inches long. They’re golden yellow to red in color with darker marks running the length of their backs. They settle in obscure spots like cracks and crevices. They sometimes nest indoors under baseboards, countertops, floors, behind walls, etc. They like warm, humid areas, such as near hot water pipes or heat vents.) They can form a very large colony and may have several queens in it. They feed on sweets, protein, and fats. They eat grease, uncovered foods, pet food, dead insects, etc. They’ll even eat toothpaste or soap and other peculiar substances. Pharoah ants cause serious infestations in hospitals, dormitories, schools, and apartment buildings.

Pyramid Ants

Pyramid ants are only around 1/8 inch long on average. Their pyramid-shaped bodies range broadly in color from yellow to brown to black. Their nests are usually in sunny open areas of the soil. They make their nests in small mounds they make from the soil. They don’t nest indoors. Their diet consists of both dead and living insects, the honeydew from aphids and other insects, and various food substances. Their preference is sweets. Occasionally, pyramid ants will enter buildings en masse in search of food. Pyramid ants can bite, and their bites can leave bumps. Pyramid ants may require professional ant control treatment. If this ant species invade your yard, contact Legacy Pest Control for ants extermination service.

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Ant Pest Control 

 

Many people notice ant problems in the kitchen, primarily around the sink, on the countertops, and inside the cabinets. To get rid of these ants, you first need to identify which ants you have. Once you know the type of ants you're dealing with, you can determine the next course of action. Some ants are easily removed with bait traps. However, many types of ants in Utah require more drastic measures. In these cases, you will need to locate the colony and use the appropriate pesticide to treat it directly.
Unfortunately, carpenter ants are some of the most difficult ant infestations to eradicate completely. Carpenter ants typically have one primary colony, known as the parent colony. You may find additional colonies throughout your home or yard; these are called satellite colonies. To completely remove the carpenter ants, you must find and treat the parent colony directly, then deal with the satellite colonies.
Some homeowners attempt to DIY pest control, but end up feeling frustrated. Effective pest control requires expert knowledge of pests as well as the most effective treatments. In fact, most pest infestations aren't a "one-size-fits-all" situation.Pest control experts know how to look for pests and determine which species have invaded your home and yard. In many cases, pest control experts identify pests before homeowners even know there's a problem. Pest management professionals also know the proper ways to prevent pest infestations from recurring. Finally, many pesticides can only be used by licensed professionals, and you won't find the most effective pesticides at your local home improvement store.
While many treatments show immediate results, some treatments may take a bit longer. If the pesticide treatment is applied topically to a nest of yellow jackets, for example, you will probably notice a huge difference immediately. However, some treatments require baiting the pest, who then ingests the product. These include most rodents, ants, and termites. In these situations, the results may take longer. For particular extensive infestations, more than one treatment may be necessary. In each case, our expert technicians can make a thorough inspection, outline treatment options, and then give you an estimated timeline.
Some people prefer bait treatments over sprays because baits don't require chemicals sprayed throughout the home or yard. However, baits often take longer to be effective, and some pest infestations won't respond to baits at all. When your technician visits your home, they will investigate the situation. They will then make a recommendation and outline your options depending on the type of pest, the size Some people prefer bait treatments over sprays because baits don't require chemicals sprayed throughout the home or yard. However, baits often take longer to be effective, and some pest infestations won't respond to baits at all. When your technician visits your home, they will investigate the situation. They will then make a recommendation and outline your options depending on the type of pest, the size of the infestation, the location of the infestation and other factors. If you have any concerns or have additional questions, please don't hesitate to ask your technician. We're always happy to help you make an informed choice when it comes to pest control.
The vast majority of ant species in the United States do not present a threat to public health. But, those on the small list below do represent a hazard because of their painful stings:
  • Harvester ant
  • Fire ant
  • Pavement ant
  • European fire ant
  • Asian needle ant
In most cases, stings from these ants merely cause minor ant bite swelling and some stinging pain that soon goes away. But, some people may suffer from a severe allergic reaction, requiring immediate medical attention.
Ants can enter a home through the tiniest crevice. They come in to access water and greasy or sweet foods in kitchens. To help prevent ant infestation in your house:
  • Keep doors and windows well sealed.
  • Repair cracks in the foundation.
  • Seal openings for plumbing pipes and electrical cables, etc.
  • Keep all foods stored in sealed containers.
  • Keep kitchen cabinets, counter surfaces, and floors clean.
Call Legacy Pest Control services to have an ant control expert identify the ant species that is infesting the home. Your Legacy ant exterminator will locate the colony and determine how to get rid of ants already in your house and prevent reinfestation.
The Ant Life Cycle is complex. They develop through many stages, starting as an egg, then hatching within a week or two into larvae. Worker ants feed them for 6 to 12 days. They feed the larvae developed from fertilized eggs more, and ultimately those grow into female workers, with some of the nurtured females becoming queens. Developing ant pupae begin to resemble adult ants, but are very pale and don’t have erect antennae yet. This growth stage is a resting phase. Within 9 to 30 days, the transformation of the pupae into full-grown ants is complete. They have become either male drones (from unfertilized eggs), female workers, or queens. The males live just a few weeks, mate with a queen, and die. The female workers may live for a few months. The queens may live for up to 30 years in some species.
Any traces of food or water can attract ants into your kitchen. They can leave behind bacteria in the food you want to eat. DIY extermination with agents like Borax for ants is typically ineffective for large infestations, without professional pest control intervention unless you can locate the colony. Preventing ant infestations is much easier. For ant prevention:
  • Eliminate access points by sealing all crevices and gaps where ants can enter the home.
  • Clean up dirty dishes in the sink, utensils, cookware, countertops, floors, and cabinetry handles immediately after eating to eliminate all traces of food.
  • Store all foods, even fresh fruits and vegetables, in containers with tight lids or in the refrigerator.
  • Keep pet food bowls clean and keep the floor area free from food particles and spilled water.
  • Keep all trees and shrubs trimmed away from your home’s exterior.
  • Seal all gaps around doors, windows, cable and plumbing line accesses, attic vents, etc. Repair foundation cracks.
  • Use your kitchen surface cleaner to remove any traces of food residue as well as the scent ants emit to attract others from their colony.
Most ant species will survive up to 24 hours in water. Some species of ants can survive underwater for as long as 14 days, depending on the water temperature! Colder water enables ants to survive longer in water.
Swarming ants are easy to mistake for termites, but these two destructive insect species are actually very different in their appearance and primary behaviors:
  • Termites have four wings that are all the same size, whereas the two front wings of carpenter ants are much larger than their two smaller back wings.
  • Termites have straight antennae with ends that look like tiny beads. By contrast, ant antennae are sharply bent.
  • Termites have a thick midsection, whereas carpenter ants have a narrow midsection.
  • Termites eat wooden building structures, such as wood siding, studs, plywood floor decking, furniture, etc., to extract the cellulose for their survival. Carpenter ants only burrow into wooden structures for shelter. They eat other insects, not wood.
  • Termite signs include dropped wings, mud tubes, fecal droppings (pellets), and damaged wood building structures.
Contact Legacy Pest Control company to find out whether you have termites vs. ants in your house. A professional will identify the insect species and provide a customized plan of pest control for ants or termites, to protect your home.

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.

We Know Ant Pest Control and Facts

 

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.

Additional Ant Facts
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!
Some ant queens can live more than 30 years and lay up to 800 eggs in a day.
Different ant species require different treatment methods for control.
Ants are highly social. If you see one, there are likely more nearby, so infestations tend to happen fast.
Some species of ants have satellite colonies in nearby yards or homes, meaning killing one colony might not be enough.
Because they live in colonies, it can be difficult to kill all the ants invading your home.
Even if you don’t have evidence of ants, your home may still be at risk. We can help.

 

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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.

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