04/25/19

How Arizona Residents Can Keep Their Lawns Ant-Free This Summer

How Arizona Residents Can Keep Their Lawns Ant-Free This Summer

4/25/2019

Ants are common pests in Arizona. Year-round they can be found inside homes. The warmth when inside allows them to stay active even during cold weather. That’s why year-round prevention is advised. And with spring’s arrival, we can expect an increase in ant activity around our lawns and homes. Spring can also be noted as the start of ant season. Because there are many different species of ant, you’re bound to run into ants in your Arizona yard at some point in time. A few of the common ants we see are odorous house ants, pavement ants, and carpenter ants. Each of these is a nuisance and can cause problems when near your home. Our goal is to help you avoid them!

So you’re seeing small ants crawling in and around your home. You’ve identified that they’re ants, but which type of ants are they? It can be difficult to tell these little creatures apart. But there are small clues that can help you figure out which type of ant you may be dealing with. Odorous house ants, as their name suggests, admit a strong, foul-smelling odor. Many describe this smell as a smell similar to rotting coconuts. Pavement ants can be found in large numbers around concrete or rocks. They commonly enter homes in search of food. Carpenter Ants are by far the most dangerous of all ants. Signs of an infestation may include piles of sawdust and tunneling inside wooden structures (to observe this you’d need to break the structure apart).

No matter which ants you’re dealing with, prevention is important. All ants can become a nuisance and can contaminate food inside a house. It’s also worth eliminating all ants because of the potential for carpenter ants. Carpenter ants are a pest that should be taken care of as soon as possible. These pests can cause devastating damage to a home. Here’s what Arizona residents can do to keep their lawn ant-free this summer:

  • Keep trash (indoors and outdoors) tightly sealed.

  • Wash trash containers once a month.

  • Do not leave food or drinks outside.

  • Some ants eat other insects, so the more you can do to reduce insects in your yard will help.

  • Inspect the exterior of your home and close off any openings. If ants are on your lawn, there is a chance they’ll end up inside.

  • Contact professional pest control.

If you’re seeing ants around your Arizona home, it’s time to take action. Ants usually come in large numbers and can be difficult to get rid of. Schendel Pest Services can provide the pest control you’re looking for. Trained technicians at Schendel Pest can inspect, eliminate, and prevent ants, all while using products that are safe and effective. Make your home pest-free with Schendel Pest Services.