They’ve been popularized in movies and TV by invading picnics, but ants are most problematic in the home. These stubborn insects are quite common in Arizona, and are constantly on the lookout for their next source of food, water, or shelter. In this article, we’ll cover some facts about ants in Arizona, and how you can tackle an ant infestation.
There are more than 10,000 known ant species around the world. There are many species of ants in Arizona, ranging in size and threat to humans, including:
- Argentine Ants
- Carpenter Ants
- Fire Ants
- Leafcutter Ants
- Pavement Ants
Generally speaking, ants are hardy creatures that are often difficult to fully eradicate. Many varieties are able to withstand extreme heat, food deprivation, water deprivation, and other resource shortages. They replicate quickly, and are able to colonize large areas in a short time.
Relatively docile ants, such as odorous house ants, do not sting or bite. Other species, like fire ants, are aggressive and venomous. Fire ants are capable of surviving extreme conditions, including cold. Luckily, fire ants are not overly common in Arizona as they are not native to the area; however, some imported varieties have become an invasive species, so don’t count the possibility of encountering out.
Preventing ant infestation can be straightforward, as much of the work is preventive. Ensure ants do not have a hospitable area to make camp – keep areas tidy, free of debris, and monitor your yard for ant hills. DIY solutions may help secure the perimeter of your home.
Should your home become a hotbed for ant activity (perceived harmless or otherwise), contact GreenShield Pest Control. As stated prior, these insects replicate in both high volume and frequency. They can contaminate food, cause property damage, and inflict harmful stings. GreenShield Pest Control can help eliminate these and other pesky threats. Call today for a free consultation.