Belonging to the Formicicae family and the insect order known as Hymenoptera, ants are closely related to bees and wasps. Ants come in all sizes, colors, and Arizona is home to more species (318) than any other state in the United States. There are more than 12,000 species worldwide.
Ants are truly an adaptive species, and because of this they can be a difficult pest to control.
Properly identifying the infesting species and locating the nest(s) are the most important steps to ant control and often prove to be the most difficult.
Ants are capable of building their nests almost anywhere. This makes for an especially frustrating pest, because they can easily nest in a small foundation crack, wall void, cardboard box, attic, or in the soil under your house. They are most recognized for their ability to unite as a colony and remain organized, having a distinct division of labor and collectively working as a unit to accomplish one goal.
Ant infestations can be difficult to handle because the majority of the time, you are dealing with a large number of pests. Many homeowners have found that the easiest to get rid of ants is to attempt poisoning members of the colony in hopes that they will spread the toxins to other colony members. This is usually accomplished by setting up various ant traps around the home in areas that see high amounts of ant traffic. These traps can often also be used for outdoor colonies. Although this can be an effective way to get rid of ants, it does not destroy the entire colony and if the trap runs out of ant poison, and the colony will usually return fairly quickly. Knowing which species you are dealing with is important to selecting the proper ant poison. Some ant species only feed on sugar based baits while others will only feed on protein based products. While most ants can be killed with direct applications of pesticides, controlling the entire colony with pesticides alone is difficult at best. If homeowners truly want to get rid of ants, they should call the experts at Bills Pest & Termite.
Our service technicians will locate the colony, identify the species and use the proper products to eliminate the entire colony instead of individual members. It is important to properly identify the type of ants in order to use the right products.