If you walk into your kitchen, flip on the light and find tiny ants crawling over its counters or floors, know that you are not alone! Customers call us on a daily basis asking for help to get rid of the ants crawling throughout their Denver homes.
Ants are one of the most well-known household pests because they often find their way into our houses. Whether your house is in the middle of the city, in a suburb, or surrounded by acres of fields or wooded areas, ants can and will find their way to your house.
Most ants prefer to nest outside, but if a nest is close to your home, they will eventually find their way inside.
Worker ants leave the nest every day to forage for food. Once they discover a reliable food source, they lay down a pheromone trail to direct their colony members to the food. Unfortunately for us, ants are omnivores and feed on the same food we do, making our homes and yards places they can rely on to supply them with a reliable food source.
These social insects communicate with military-like precision. Their excellent communication is why, in the morning, you may spot a few ants by your trash can, and by nightfall, there are hundreds!
If you ever discover ants trailing through your home, please don't panic; contact Absolute Pest Control instead. We offer pest control services in Denver that homeowners can trust. For more than 30 years, we have been providing customized pest control services that meet the needs of each of our customers.
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The Many Types Of Ants Known To Invade Denver Homes
One reason it may be so challenging to keep ants out of Denver homes is that it isn't just one specific type of ant you are trying to keep away, but many. Many different kinds of ants call Denver home and invade our structures as they search for things that will benefit their colony.
Learning about our region's most common ants is key to keeping them out of your house. Carpenter ants, pavement ants, and sugar ants are those most likely to invade our Denver indoor and outdoor spaces.
Carpenter ants - Carpenter ants are one of the largest species to invade our homes in the United States. Adults can grow 1/2 to 1 inch in length. Carpenter ants like to nest within wet or decaying wood. Outside, you will find carpenter ants in dead trees, fallen trees, woodpiles, and tree stumps.
Carpenter ants in Denver are the most problematic in older houses or homes with moisture issues. When these ants get into our homes while foraging for food, they may decide to stay and create a satellite nest. Carpenter ants nest in wet or decaying wood found behind walls or under floors. The damage that these ants cause does not happen overnight, but if left untreated, their nesting habits cause costly and difficult-to-repair structural damage.
Pavement ants - Pavement ants get their name from their nesting habits. These ants like to create their nests within the soil between the cracks in the pavement, sidewalks, or next to foundations. Their nests can also pop up in masonry walls and under cement slabs and porches.
Pavement ants are very difficult to control because they live together in massive numbers. A single pavement ant colony can have more than 10,000 worker ants. Once these ants discover that your yard or home meets their basic needs, you won't deter them easily.
Sugar ants - Sugar ants are routinely called odorous house ants because of the foul odor they produce when squished. These small brown or black ants regularly invade our homes in large numbers. As their name suggests, these ants love to feed on sweet substances. Some of their favorite food sources include honeydew, a sweet sticky substance produced by garden aphids, plant nectar, fruits, and other sugary foods they find in our kitchens or trash cans.
These ants are among the most common species to invade homes in Denver and across the country. Sugar ants have adapted and learned to live successfully close to people, using the food, water, and shelter found on our properties to their advantage.
Our region is home to the above ants and many more; identifying the species crawling through your house is vital to successfully eliminating them. The best way to accurately identify and ensure the successful removal of ants from your Denver property is with the help of a local professional.
Here at Absolute Pest Control, we are dedicated to our local communities and have a deep understanding of the ants living in our area. You can trust us to perform effective ant control solutions to help rid your home of unwanted ants.
Do Ants In My Home Mean It's Dirty?
A question most homeowners ask themselves when they discover ants in their home is, "are ants in my home because it's dirty?" We can assure you that an ant infestation does not signify a dirty or unkempt home. Unfortunately, ants can find their way into any of our Denver houses.
An ant's small size allows them to move through any tiny crack or crevice they come across in our home's exterior. Once inside, they will make quick work of finding food they can gather and bring back to the nest. Did you know that ants have an excellent sense of smell? Just a few crumbs under the toaster oven or behind the fridge will keep ants returning to your home.
The more access to food ants have, the more appealing your home is to them. In addition to unnoticed crumbs, food stored on counters and pet food left out in bowls also provide ants with reliable food sources.
Unfortunately, it isn't just the food inside your home that you have to worry about; food sources available to ants outside your home typically attract ants to our properties.
Food sources found in most of our yards that ants are likely to take advantage of include:
- Open trash cans and recycling bins
- Compost areas
- Outdoor eating areas
- Outdoor grills
- Hummingbird feeders
As the ants in Denver are moving around gathering food, small openings they come across in your home's exterior provide them with entry points.
In addition to food, many ants seek areas of moisture. If ants have invaded your home, it is also essential to look for moisture issues, and if you discover any, quickly make repairs.
Why Home Remedies For Ants Don't Work
Once ants find their way into a home and make themselves comfortable, they aren't going to go away on their own. Our homes provide ants with many benefits, including a temperature-controlled environment to build a nest, water sources (leaky pipes and fixtures), and of course, the main benefit, easy access to food! To get these pests to leave, you will need to take action.
It is common for homeowners to want to try and take care of an ant infestation on their own. However, immediately reaching out to a professional is the easiest, fastest, and most effective way to get rid of Denver ants that find their way into your house.
Some of the most common reasons why home remedies are ineffective at controlling ants include the following:
- DIY treatments are short-lived; they only provide a temporary band-aid.
- Home remedies don't get to the how and why of the ant infestation. To truly eliminate an infestation, you must find and eliminate entry points and their access to food and water.
- DIY treatments only provide treatment to the ants you see, not the multiple nests that may be in your home and yard.
- Ants want to survive. When ants sense a threat, the colony may decide to "bud." The colony will split into multiple smaller colonies- leaving you with an even bigger problem.
Additionally, home remedies or treatments you can purchase at big box stores can harm you or your family. If the products are mixed or placed in incorrect areas, they can put your family's health at risk.
When it comes down to it, you probably wouldn't try to replace your car's engine on your own or DIY your family's healthcare. Let the professionals handle what they have the training and experience to do. Pest control professionals know the safest and most effective way to address pest problems. They know the products to use, how to use them, and where to use them.
Please reach out to us today to learn more about effective, professional ant control in Denver. You don't need to share your home with ants; let us come to your aid and provide effective treatments that offer long-term results! We offer the best pest control for ants; call today to learn more!
Contact The Pros About Ants Around Your Home
For professional ant control in Denver, turn to the professionals at Absolute Pest Control. We are committed to our customers and offer the targeted services necessary to eliminate ants from indoor and outdoor spaces.
Our goal is for you to maintain a household free of unwanted pests; we want to eliminate your current pest problems using solutions that offer long-term results. If you require help getting rid of ants in your home, we are here to help.
To learn more about ant control through our residential or commercial pest control services in Denver or to schedule a free inspection, call today!
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