JS Pest Control
Serving The Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert Metro Area
Ant Control & Extermination
Ants problem? Call Now. We know ants and how to remove them from your home. All work guaranteed with a service plan.
1. Identify the type of ant
2. Eliminate the current ant problem
3. Provide a plan to prevent ants from coming back.
Once the type of ant has been identified we will use baiting or treat the area with ant spray. The strategy we use is different from those products that are available over the counter.
Something home owners don’t know about over the counter sprays and repellents is that they can actually make ant problems worse. It is called “budding”, where foraging ants exposed to these repellents separate from their colonies and start new ones. This is especially common in the Phoenix metro area due to the argentine ant pictured above. Instead of reducing the problem, it encourages queens to split off and develop new colonies.
Call now and get the right treatment for your ant problem.
Ants, large and small, can appear suddenly and in large numbers. Learn about the different types of ants common to Mesa AZ
Introduction Are an invasive species and the most common ant in southern Nevada.
Recognition The worker ants are about 3 millimeters (0.12 in) long and can easily squeeze through cracks and holes no more than 1 millimeter (0.029 in) in size
Habits These ants set up quarters in the ground, in cracks, in concrete walls and in between boards and in timbers. They basically can live anywhere in your house and you cannot stop them.
Argentine Ants are a common household pest, often entering structure in search of food or water (particularly during dry or hot weather). They also enter to escape flooded nests during heavy rainfall or irrigation. Once they have settled in, their population grows out of control.
Professional Control For Argentine Ants Requires exploiting their omnivorous dietary habits through slow-acting bait. The foraging ant will bring the bait back to the colony. This eventually kills all the individual ants, including the queens.This process will eradicate the entire colony.
Southern Fire Ants
Introduction These ants are found across the Southern part of the United States.
Recognition They can be big ants, their size ranges from 1/8 to 1/4 inches long and they are red/amber color but their abdomen is distinctly darker.
Habits Nest in small mounds near moisture in warm sunny areas. Colonies tend to grow very large. If the nest is disturbed they are capable of swarming out and inflicting painful stings. Fire ants are dangerous.
Professional Control For Fire Ants Eliminating a fire ant population is all about killing the queen. For safety reason we will begin by killing the fire ants to reduce the population. The ensuing treatment is designed to locate and kill the queen, otherwise the fire ants will continue to return. Typically if there is one mound of fire ants there are others nearby. Locating these nesting areas and eradicating the queen is the key. Fire ants do not pass food directly to the queen, so it can sometimes take longer to eliminate a fire ant problem.
Red Harvester Ants (Big Red Ants)
Introduction are native species and are found all over the southwestern United States.
Recognition They're big ants, about 1/4 inch long and they're a deep red color. These ants are often mistaken for the southern fire ant.
Habits These ants burrow and use the ground as a home and as protection. Their nests are characterized by mounds and are outside. They forage for seeds, dead insects and vegation. The harvester ant can deliver a painful sting.
Professional Control For Red Harvester Ants Apply treatment directly to their nest is the most effective way eliminating the colony and preventing further infestation. A baiting program will be used when it is not possible to treat all the nests.
Introduction Acrobat ants’ common name is descriptive of these ants’ habit of raising the abdomen over the thorax and head, especially when disturbed. Various species are found throughout the United States..
Recognition. Acrobat ant workers are 1/8 inch long and the queens range up to 3/8 inch long. They are light brown to black and some species are multicolored. The thorax has 1 pair of dorsal spines. The waist has 2 segments and is attached to the upper side of the large, main portion of the abdomen. The gaster is heart-shaped from above. A stinger is present but is rarely used. Workers of many species emit a repulsive odor when alarmed.
Habits. Inside structures, acrobat ants typically nest in wood which has been subjected to high moisture and fungal decay, the same wood conditions favored by carpenter ants and termites. Similarly, they will nest in rigid foam board insulation panels and in wall voids. Outside, most species nest under rocks, in logs, firewood, or trees where decay enables them to tunnel under the bark and/or into the wood.
The workers readily enter structures by trailing along tree lines and utility lines as well as along the rails of connected fences and decks. They enter via cracks and utility penetrations, window frames, soffits, etc. Workers also will trail across the ground and enter via door thresholds, weep holes, and other openings or cracks. They have been found to trail over 100 feet.
Acrobat ants feed on honeydew from aphids and mealybugs which they usually tend or “herd”. They also feed on live and dead insects, including termite swarmers. Indoors they show a slight preference for sweets and high-protein foods such as meats.
When disturbed or alarmed, workers of all but the smallest colonies tend to be quite aggressive. They are quick to bite, and give off a repulsive odor.
Cultural Control & Preventative Measures. Inspection is the key to successful control and the inspection methods are similar to those used for carpenter ants. When worker ants are found indoors, the first place to inspect is the structure’s exterior; one should look for:
- Trailing ants on the foundation.
- Bits of foam board insulation which would indicate a nest behind the exterior sheathing or siding.
- Trailing ants on all wires, utility lines and pipes coming into the walls.
- Trailing ants on tree and shrub branches in contact with the wall.
- Signs of excessive moisture such as peeling paint on wood thresholds, soffits, window frames, trim and molding.
Acrobat ants that are foraging from the outside can be kept out by filling obvious cracks and crevices using silicone sealer, builder’s putty, mortar patch, etc. Tree and shrub branches should be trimmed away from the roof and walls to prevent bridging contact points.
In the yard, one should inspect logs, stumps, firewood, tree cavities, dead tree limbs, and loose bark for ant nests. Also, one should look under rocks and debris lying on the ground for ant nests. Indoors, it is important to investigate current and past areas of excessive moisture and consider past water leaks, plumbing problems, etc. A moisture meter is useful to detect areas of high moisture. Areas of old termite and carpenter ant damaged wood, if recognizable, should be checked for ant activity.
Professional Control For Acrobat Ants Often Acrobat ants will travel in a single file back to a nest revealing its location. Typically located in structural wood, we will treat with residual insecticide. Or will use a product that the ants will bring back to the nests share with rest of colony. This will eliminate the queen and the entire infestations.
ODOROUS HOUSE ANT
Introduction: The pungent, rotten coconut-like odor given off when this ant is crushed gives it its name. It is a native species and is found throughout the United States.
Recognition: Odorous house ant workers are 1/8 inch long and are brown to black in color. The thorax profile is unevenly rounded. These ants do not sting or bite; however, the workers emit a disagreeable, rotten coconut-like odor when crushed.
Biology: Colonies may be comprised of several hundred to several thousand ants. There are usually many queens in a colony. Development time (egg to adult) is 34-83 days, varying with temperature during summer months, and up to 6-7 months during the winter. Colonies typically produce 4 to 5 generations a year. . The workers and queens live for several years. Individuals from different colonies are not hostile to one another and workers normally move along trails.
Habits: Inside, these ants usually construct their nests behind siding, brick veneer and stucco, in wall voids, especially around hot water pipes and in crevices around sinks, cupboards, etc. These ants prefer sweets but also eat foods with high protein content and grease such as meats and cheese.
Outside, they are often found in the nest of larger ants, in exposed soil, but mostly under objects. Workers feed on insects, seek honeydew and plant secretions, and even feed on seeds. They are extremely fond of honeydew and attend such honeydew-excreting insects as aphids, scale insects, mealy bugs, etc. They are most likely to enter buildings when their honeydew supply is reduced such as during rainy weather or with leaf fall in the autumn.
Cultural Control & Preparatory Measures: Quickly clean up food (including pet food) and beverage spills from floors, counters, porches and decks to discourage foraging by these ants indoors and near residences/buildings. Food items should be stored in airtight containers, if possible.
Professional Control: Location of the nest(s) is done by following the trail of foraging workers back from the food source. Insecticide baits and dusts will be strategically placed into the voids of outside ground-floor walls and infested interior walls.
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