Types of Ants in Phoenix, Arizona
Ants are one of the most common pests in the Phoenix area. Always a nuisance, Arizona ants can sting, bite, swarm and damage property.
In almost every case, effective ant control necessitates removal of entire colonies along with the queens.
Killing some of the ants with a DIY treatment only fractures the nests and exasperates the problem.
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Below are some of the most common types of ants in our local area.
Carpenter Ants can spend years, unnoticed, while they live and thrive within the water-damaged wood of your house. Unlike termites, they do not eat the wood.
Instead, Carpenter Ants form tunnels and galleries, causing extensive property damage over time.
Attracted to moisture, these ants build large colonies. They travel in trails and have a distinct odor when crushed.
Pavement Ants are tiny ants that build large colonies in cement cracks and under stones. Attracted to sweets, they will also invade homes and establish colonies in empty spaces. Over time, they cause damage to paved surfaces.
Also known as moisture or odorous house ants, Sugar Ants are tiny, commonplace indoors, and one of the most challenging species to control.
Arizona is home to three species of Harvester Ants. Their colonies appear as small holes in the bare ground with stones or seeds around them. Different species of Harvester Ants deliver a painful bite or sting.
Desert Fire Ants
Desert Fire Ants are black or red and usually nest outdoors. But they will nest in small indoor spaces such as electrical systems. Fire Ants have a painful sting and are dangerous to young children and people with allergies.
Our Phoenix climate draws some of the hardiest of ants. If you see visiting ants, they could be passing through, looking for a new home. Avoid offering them any trace of the food and water they seek.
Consistent ant activity is usually a sign they are building a nest or have already formed a colony.