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.
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Pest Control for Ants & Extermination Services
For Pest Control for ants near Ogden, UT, 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.
The best approach to successful ant removal is often to track them back to the colony, and then treat the nest directly
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Types of Ants
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, 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.)
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 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 pest control for ants 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
- Harvester ant
- Fire ant
- Pavement ant
- European fire ant
- Asian needle ant
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Preventing an Ant Infestation in Your Utah Home
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
Legacy Pest Control is a family-owned pest control company based in Ogden, Utah. Our pest control 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.
For Ants Pest Control in Ogden UT, Contact Legacy Pest Control
Legacy Pest Control provides safe, effective, and inexpensive pest control services to residential and commercial customers from Ogden to Salt Lake City, Utah. We only employ natural pest-control solutions that are completely child-friendly and pet-friendly.
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