Do you know that an ant's total biomass is equal to the total biomass of humans? About that, there are more than 1.5 million ants on the Earth for every human being.
Because these tiny creatures love to dwell in warmer temperatures, the climate of Arizona is ideal for them. And that's the reason ants invading your home in Arizona is such a familiar scene.
They crawl on your walls, floors, and countertops in search of water and food, and they don't just leave on their own.
Fortunately, there's always a cure to ant infestations — we've prepared this guide to get rid of ants permanently in Arizona.
Did you ever wonder why ants find their way back home? Ants leave a scent trail anywhere they go.
They can find a way to their nest with this scent. Not only that, but this scent also helps their friends to find their home, which may be any place they are living.
Now you might see ants marching in a line to their destination; following these lines can provide information about their origin.
Finding the gateway or entry point of the ants can help determine where you should apply your anti-ant measures.
Take into account that ant colonies might be found behind walls or in the ground near your house. You must locate the settlement to completely eradicate an infestation.
Nevertheless, these ants will continue to invade your home as long as they can find food.
It will not be a surprise to hear that the pungent smell of vinegar repels ants. Applying white vinegar to the places where ants were marching before will keep them from returning.
Moreover, the pungent odor of white vinegar also eliminates the scent trail that ants leave behind for wayfinding.
Now how to apply white vinegar for ant infestation? Here is how:
It is worth mentioning that white vinegar is not a once and for all solution. It will work for not so long because it dissipates over time.
Another DIY cure that can help you eliminate ants' infestation in Arizona is Borax. Since the borax powder is lethal to ants, it can clear your home from ants.
Though, it is worth mentioning that it does not kill them immediately. You can mix Borax with sugar and water, then put it in places where you see ants, or you think there are ant colonies.
This blend will ultimately kill ants in your house if they consume it. Take care when handling Borax.
You should take an alternative method if you have pets or children. So for that, it is better to get expert help for your ant's infestation problem.
Like white vinegar, the citrus smell of lemon also repels ants from entering your home. The lemon disturbs their scent trails as well.
So if you apply lemon oil to surfaces with ants, it will make them lose their tracks. But a point to remember is that citrus fruits like lemon are acidic in nature, so you should take care in applying to delicate surfaces.
Since lemon works almost the same as vinegar, it also doesn't provide a long-term solution to your ant infestation problems. Moreover, lemon oil also cannot penetrate the colonies of the ants, so they will keep returning.
Nevertheless, if the ants keep coming back, apply lemon oil a few times to keep them at bay.
Another home remedy for the ant infestation is applying liquid dish soap. You can mix the dishwashing soap, baking soda, and water in a spray bottle and apply it to the ant colonies.
This mixture will suffocate the ants. Moreover, you can also mist this mixture on the surfaces where you have seen ants because it will ruin their scent trails.
In addition, this is not a long-term solution because it doesn't get into the ants' colonies.
In places where you've spotted ants, scatter cayenne pepper. Another frequent domestic product that ants fear is pepper. The potent odor may cause them to get disoriented, making it harder to retrace the scent trail back to their colony.
They'll also have a difficult time getting food. Cayenne pepper can harm your pet's face and eyes, so use it carefully if you have one. You ought to never use it in areas where pets roam.
While ant infestations becomes a fact of life if you live in places like Arizona, there are some measures you can take to prevent ants from invading.
1. Since ants' favorite place to dwell is near the bushes and down the tree, always trim bushes, shrubs, and trees near your house. It will prevent easy access of ants to your home.
2. Some ants nest in firewood, so it is best to avoid piling firewood near your house.
3. If you keep your countertops clean, ants will not be able to trace back their scent trails. You can avoid ant infestations if you keep your home clean.
4. Leaving food supplies uncovered will attract the ants. So it is best to not leave food supplies uncovered.
5. Calling Agro Pest Control for regular inspections will help to eliminate possible ant infestations.
DIY ant control is a viable option if you have the time and expertise. However, if you don't have time to eradicate ants or keep coming back, you should seek help from a licensed and trained specialist.
So the best method to tackle your ants' problem is to contact a professional contractor who can guarantee you and your family an ant-free house.
They have the suitable instruments, experience, and safety precautions to get rid of your bugs and prevent them from returning.
And if you live in Arizona, you'll need a pest control company familiar with the local ants' species and how to treat them.
Contact Agro Pest Pros today at 480-780-2476 to eradicate ants from your house in Arizona!