Ant Identification & Prevention

Ant infestations are a frustrating problem; learn about these pests and how to keep them away from your Salt Lake City, Utah, home with the help of our pest guide.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Ants

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What are ants?

Ants are small insects that live outside all around us but that we don’t pay much attention to; that is, until they take over our yards, gardens, and houses. These scavengers have one purpose: to ensure that their colony survives. Ants are social insects and live and work together in large groups. They are constantly searching for reliable food sources, and our Salt Lake City properties regularly offer them what they need to survive.

Ants are one of the easiest to identify insects. They have short bent antennae, three distinct body segments, and six legs. Reproductive members are winged. Around 700 types of ants live in the United States; each has a slightly different appearance and displays different behaviors. Pinpointing the ants that have found their way to your property is critical to properly treating and eliminating your home's ant infestation. Reach out to us today for pest control services in Salt Lake City.

Are ants dangerous?

Most ants that regularly invade our yards and homes searching for food and water are not dangerous. They are just trying to ensure the success of their colony, and our properties benefit them.

However, the reverse isn’t true; when ants find their way into our homes, they are problematic. Ants contaminate food and produce foul odors. They will also cover your home's surfaces with bacteria and other pathogens that can make you and your family ill.

While most ants aren’t dangerous, some are; dangerous ants cause serious harm to people or property. Dangerous ants bite, sting, spread serious disease-causing pathogens, and cause structural damage.

Why do I have an ant problem?

There is no getting around it, ants are common household pests, and their small size means they can find their way into any of our homes. Food odors are the most common reason that ants are attracted to our indoor or outdoor spaces. Places where ants regularly forage for food to bring back to the nest include gardens, flower beds, compost, trash cans, pet food bowls, and outdoor eating areas.

Once ants discover reliable food on your property, they alert other members of their colony and will keep returning day after day. When ants nest or forage for food in or near your yard, it is only a matter of time before they find a way into your home.

Where will I find ants?

Ants primarily live outside, nesting in the ground or within things like trees, rockpiles, and cracks in the pavement. These social insects can maintain more than one nest, and often their satellite nests are built inside our houses. Our homes offer ants safe shelter and easy access to food and water. Common indoor ant nesting sites are wall voids, vents, crawl spaces, and structural wood. They also like the spaces behind baseboards and window or door trim.

Ants don’t try to hide their presence from people. When living in or very close to our homes, you will spot them out and about (in the grass, on sidewalks, and on your home's counters and floors), working together and gathering food to bring back to the nest.

How do I get rid of ants?

Ants have no business being inside our Salt Lake City homes. They are not only annoying, but they contaminate large amounts of food and are difficult to deter. The easiest way to get rid of ants that have wandered into your home and to keep them out long-term is to partner with a local pest control professional. At Uinta Pest Solutions, we offer recurring quarterly pest control solutions to help you maintain an ant-free home and prevent problems with other common household-invading insects. For the best pest protection in Salt Lake City, call us today and learn more about our comprehensive inspections, home pest control, and commercial pest control treatments.

How can I prevent ants in the future?

The following ant prevention tips will help you maintain your home and yard and make it much less interesting to these insects.

  • Clear your yard of excess debris that ants can build their nests under.
  • Remove fallen trees and tree stumps from your property.
  • Keep tight-fitting lids on trashcans and recycling bins.
  • Never store firewood near your home’s exterior.
  • Regularly inspect your home’s windows and doors, repairing any gaps or cracks you discover.
  • Vacuum your home and wipe down surfaces daily to remove crumbs and sticky liquids.

While the above prevention tips are helpful, partnering with a knowledgeable pest control company near you is always best.

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