Ant control can be tricky and if done wrong can make things much worse. Typically “spraying” for ants will lead to poor results. Best results come from a true pest professional that can identify the species of ants and deploy the right control methods for each individual situation.
Ants are one of the most common pests found in Utah. Most ants are harmless and stay outside, but some can find their way indoors. Here are some ways that ants find their way into your home.
Keep bushed shrubs or trees trimmed away from the house they are not touching the structure. Plants touching the home create an easy “bridge” for ants to get inside.
Ants forage for food indoors and outdoors. Keep ants out by cleaning up all food spills. This includes pet food; ants love pet food. So make sure your garage and porch area are free from spilled food as well.
Ants are very small and can squeeze through any cracks and crevices. Sealing up these entrances on the outside of your home can go a long way in keeping ants out. Make sure caulking around windows and utility pipes is still in good shape.
Ants play an important role in many ecosystems, but they can become a nuisance and wreak havoc in your home or garden. There is a lot you can do to get rid of ants in your home, but most home remedies only keep ants away and out of sight. If eradicating ants is your goal, your best option is to call Thorn for ant control. If you’ve discovered an ant nesting site in your home or near your home outside, this is also a problem best solved by ant exterminators in Utah.
If you’re not sure where to begin, Utah ant control experts at Thorn Pest Solutions can help identify where ants are coming from and create a strategy to eliminate them from your home. You can rely on the professionals of Thorn Pest Solutions to help make your home ant–free and educate you on how to keep it that way.
Ants are one of the most common pests in Utah. Most are harmless and stay outside, but there are a few species that can be found indoors. The most common pest ant species in Utah are: pavement ants, odorous house ants, carpenter ants, and argentine ants.
Identifying what type of ant we are dealing with starts with a thorough inspection searching indoors and outdoors. When inspecting, Thorn professionals ask important questions like:
Answering these questions will lead to treatment solutions for long term control of the ants. Read below for more information on why these questions are important.
Treating an ant colony directly always gets the best results, but when a colony cannot be found or accessed, baiting can be a great option. The ants can then carry the bait back to the colony and share with the other workers and queen through a process called trophallaxis. Spraying the baseboards for ants almost never gets good results.
Queen ants are fertile, egg producing females. Does the colony have one queen or multiple queens? In some species of ants, the new queens will remain in the nest and contribute to the growth of the parent colony.
Ants establish colonies in a variety of ways. For some ants the new queen, a group of workers and brood, split off from the colony and migrate to a new site. The most typical way is for winged (alate) ants mate and start a new colony elsewhere.
Ants have preferred nesting spots based on the species. Some typical spots for common ants found in Utah can include: moist areas like a leaking pipe, wood, rangeland, lawns, stone, cardboard, bark, wall voids, sidewalks, driveways, foundations, and pastures etc.
An ant’s diet varies based on the needs of the colony and what foods are available. Ant larvae require a high about of protein when developing. Some common preferred foods of ants include: honeydew from aphids, sweets, proteins, insects, oils, and seeds.
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A good pest control program uses multiple control methods. The most common solution for controlling pests native to Utah involves applying liquid pesticides as a barrier at likely pest entry points. The experts at Thorn also use many other tools to control pests including baits, dusts, exclusion, sanitation, habitat modification, vacuuming, web removal, and trapping.
Contact us today for a consultation with one of our pest control experts. We can recommend the best pest control strategy for you after we inspect your property.
When an ant infestation presents, it’s best to consult with the ant control specialists at Thorn. We can advise on methods including spraying and baiting, and prevent a large colony of ants from returning.
Yes, pest control can eliminate ants from inside your home or business. In addition to getting rid of foraging ants, the pest control experts at Thorn can also make recommendations for baiting to mediate colonies through a process called trophallaxis.
It’s not uncommon to see ants outside your home or indoors during certain seasons or seasonal transitions, but our team is always happy to help if you see an unusual or unmanageable change in the number of pests.
You might consider calling Thorn if there’s a significant change in where you are seeing ants indoors or out, a reoccurring colony that seems difficult to rid completely, or if you need recommendations for exclusion. Our ant control specialist can help mitigate the problem before it gets bigger.
When you hire a highly-trained Thorn specialist, they’ll be able to:
Thorn ant control inspections and treatments start at $188. Ongoing pest control programs start at $32 per month. Contact us for an estimate today.
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