Category: Ants

Mesa Ants

Mesa, Arizona has some of the most amazing sunrises and sunsets in the United States. Mesa also has some of the best weather year round. The weather will also bring a lot of ants in to your yard. 

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What types of ants are in Mesa? 

Mesa commonly has two different ants; Pavement ants and Argentine ants.

What does the Pavement Ant look like and what does it like to eat? 

The Pavement Ant is a shinny black ant and will range in size from 1/10 to 1/8 of an inch. Inside the home, the Pavement ant will eat greases, pet foods, and a lot of different sweet materials. Outside the home the Pavement ant will eat fruits and the sweet honeydew produced by aphids.

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What does the Pavement Ant do? 

The Pavement ant will build their colony under concrete, and pavement. You can see colonies pop up around the sidewalks, the drive ways, and areas where the grass and the house meet. Pavement ants can house around 3,000 to 4,000 ants in their colony. When the colony is disturbed hundreds of Pavement ants will come out at a time. Pavement ant’s bites will hurt but do not pose a health risk.

What does the Argentine ant look like and what does it like to eat? 

Argentine ants are about 1/16 of an inch to ¼ of an inch in length.  The coloring of the Argentine ant will be a dark brown or black, and they are also shiny. Argentine ants will eat almost anything including: eggs, meat, and oil. The Argentine ant will leave a pheromone trial everywhere they go. This will help the ants to not waste time as they look for food.

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What does the Argentine Ant do?

Argentine ant’s colonies are located near their food sources, in wet environments.  They can be found in gardens, and back yards. Argentine ant’s colonies can grow to monumental sizes, covering a whole back yard or garden. Argentine ant bites will hurt, but they will not create any health threats.

What can you do if you find a colony of ants? 

Argentine ants and Pavement ants can be killed using baits. The ants will take the bait back to their colony, and it will kill the whole colony. When you bait an area, watch and see where the ants are making trails; then place the baits in that area. If your home is infested with these ants it would be best to call a professional pest control company.  The ant professional will be able to find the colony and attack it with the right baits, and the right products.

Mesa Ant Control

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
bulwarkpestcontrol.com 
 
Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
bulwarkpestcontrol.com 
 
Terminix
2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885
terminix.com 

What Are The Top 3 Most Common Pests in Arizona?

I was pleased to sit down with a couple of the pest control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating recently, and talk candidly about the pest situation here in the Valley. I was interested to know what the most common pests are here in Arizona… The pests that are most frequently called about.

Here are the top 3 most called about pests in Arizona, according to Bulwark Pest Control Mesa:

3. Fire Ants

Fire Ant Sign What Are The Top 3 Most Common Pests in Arizona?

They’re red, they’re nasty, and in Arizona they have stung approximately 40 percent of the State’s population. I’m talking of course about the Red Imported Fire ant. These ants are known for their destructive mound building, and their painful stings which are unleashed whenever one of their huge ant mounds is threatened. Once stung, a victim will display painful red welts that rise above the skin and eventually blister. It’s because of these painful stings; Arizona residents want no part of the Fire ant and call Bulwark Exterminating in Mesa for professional Fire ant control.

2. Black Widows

Black Widow Spider In Web What Are The Top 3 Most Common Pests in Arizona?

Almost 99 percent of all spiders found in Arizona are harmless. One of the spiders that make up the remaining one percent is the Black Widow spider. Her appearance is unmistakable; with her large glossy black abdomen, and of course her bright red hour glass that warn everybody to keep their distance. Black Widows will only bite when provoked, and will likely run away when confronted. Despite this behavior, Arizona resident’s take know chances when it comes to this spider. Perhaps it’s her painful and dangerous bite that has residents calling Bulwark Exterminating in Mesa for professional spider control.

1. Arizona Bark Scorpion

Scorpion What Are The Top 3 Most Common Pests in Arizona?

The number one called about pest in Arizona, is without a doubt, the Arizona Bark Scorpion. Most Arizona residents are able to put up with a few cockroaches or crickets running around their home, but not scorpions. If you live in Arizona long enough, there’s a really high probability that you will be stung by a scorpion at some point. Anybody that has ever been stung does not want to ever go through that experience ever again. To avoid scorpion stings, it’s advised that professional scorpion control actions be taken. Arizona residents know this, and that is why scorpions are the most frequently called about pest.

Mesa Pest Control

If you are tired of seeing Fire ants, Black Widow spiders, Bark scorpions, or any other pest inside your home or on your property, it is time to do something about. Call or click a Mesa pest control professional today.

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
bulwarkpestcontrol.com 
 
Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
bulwarkpestcontrol.com 
 
Terminix
2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885
terminix.com 

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World’s Most Venomous Insect Found in Arizona

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English: Profile view of ant Pogonomyrmex maricopa specimen casent0005712. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Maricopa Harvester Ant

Maricopa harvester ants are frequently found in most of Arizona, including the city of Mesa. The ant is famous for having the most toxic venom of all insects. Maricopa harvester ants come in a variety of colors from bright red to dark brown. They measure in size from one centimeter to three centimeters, depending on their age. They have two pairs of wings, but will not carry them for the entirety of their lives. Both the male and female ants will shed their wings after they mate, and the males will then die.

Nests of Maricopa Harvester Ants

Maricopa harvester ants erect enormous nests that can reach widths of almost 30 feet, and heights of six feet. These massive nests are only common if mother nature does not wipe them out, or if the nest is not taken over by other species of ants. Their nest mounds usually made of rocks and gravel. The ants create cemented caps, made of calcium carbonate, on top of their mound nests. This protects the nest from being eroded away by high winds or rainy weather.

Maricopa Harvester Ant Nutrition

Like all other harvester ants, the Maricopa harvester ants forage for their food. The leave the nest to gather seeds, dead insects, and any other food it can find. They then bring the food back to their nest to divide up among the colony. Maricopa harvester ants will forage up to 33 feet away from the nest in order to make sure that they bring back enough food for the entire colony. The ant plays a major role in decomposition by dragging dead carcasses of insects underground, thus enriching soil for plants and crops.

Maricopa Harvester Ants on Attack

One characteristic that distinguishes the Maricopa harvester ant from other species of ant is that they have a stinger that is comparable to that of a honeybee. They use their stingers as a protection against anything they might believe will cause them harm. The ant will attach itself to its victim by clinging on to them with their mandibles. Once attached, it will arrange itself so its stinger is facing towards the victim. The ant will then sting as many times as it can before it is removed or killed. When the first ant stings it’s victim it will release pheromones that signal other members of the colony to come and attack as well. This swarming tendency makes the ant very dangerous.

Maricopa Harvester Ant Venom

Maricopa harvester ants contain the most toxic venom of all insects. Their venom is a combination of amino acids, peptides, and proteins. The venom from the Maricopa harvester ant is twelve times more powerful than that of a honeybee. A four and a half pound rat could be killed by as few as twelve stings, and a 150 lb human could be killed by about 350 stings. To get the same mortality rate from a bee, a human would have to be stung well over 10,000 times, without an allergic reaction taking place. While this may seem like a high number of stings it is very low compared to the amount of stings from other insects.

Mesa Ant Control

As Mesa residents, we are usually more worried about keeping the deadly scorpions off our property and out of our homes. The venom of the Maricopa harvester ants can be just as deadly as a scorpion’s and they need to be professionally eliminated. If you are seeing ants of any kind on your property, even if it’s not the venomous Maricopa harvester ant, contact a Mesa pest control professional today. They’ll help to eradicate the ants before they find you or your family.

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Terminix
2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885
terminix.com

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