How to Get Rid of Ants
There are more than 10,000 known ant species around the world and 318 native species in Arizona, making it the state with the highest diversity of ants in the U.S. Depending on whether the ants are inside or outside your home, here are some suggestions on how to get rid of ants:
- Interior: Place ant bait stations wherever ants appear, including inside your cupboards, pantry, along dishwashers, under sinks, etc. Then leave them alone for a number of weeks.
- Exterior: Sprinkle granular ant bait around ant hills, along ant trails; again, anywhere they appear. Pets will not be injured by these baits. The ants quickly take the bait below ground to the queen, destroying the colony.
What kind of ants live in a colony?
Ant communities are headed by a queen or queens, whose only function is to lay the thousands of eggs that will ensure the survival of the colony. Worker ants, though, are sterile, wingless females who forage for food, care for the queen’s offspring, and work on the nest. Male ants usually exist to perform only one task: mate with the queen, who can live for up to 30 years. Worker ants live from one to three years and males survive for only a few weeks.
What do ants eat?
Ants generally eat nectar, seeds, fungus, or insects and can enter a home through tiny cracks, looking for water and food. They leave an invisible chemical trail containing pheromones for other ants to follow once a food source is located. And they can nest just about anywhere in and around your house, including lawns, walls, stumps, and under foundations. Most homeowners who try to get rid of ants only end up killing the ants they see.
How can I get rid of ants?
Bug & Weed MART sells effective treatments that can penetrate and destroy nests to help prevent ants from returning. We even sell natural organic products that can kill ants naturally. It should also be noted that different kinds of ant infestations require different types of treatments, so stop in to any of our five Valley-wide locations to see which method is the best way for you to get rid of ants.