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 

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5 Natural Ways to Keep Your Home Pest-Free

Pests can be a headache to deal with, literally – the harsh smell that comes from chemical bug sprays is enough to give anyone a headache. However, chemical bug sprays are not your only option for keeping away pests. Below we will discuss five natural ways to keep your home pest-free.

Repel Ants with Vinegar

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Everyone knows that ants can be difficult to get rid of, but there is a natural repellent that works wonders. If you’ve spotted ants creeping along your counters or floorboards, simply make a mixture that’s half water, half vinegar. Use the solution to wipe down your counters and any other surfaces where you’ve seen ants crawling about. Repeat several times a day for best results. Wiping down your surfaces with this vinegar solution destroys the scent trail that the ants use in order to navigate, throwing them off course.

Keep Mosquitoes at Bay with Catnip

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Even though your cat may love catnip, mosquitoes hate it. In fact, according to Science Daily, catnip repels mosquitoes better than DEET. To keep mosquitoes out of your yard, grow catnip in your garden. To repel them when you go outside, try applying undiluted catnip oil to your skin. This should keep them away from you and protect you from nasty mosquito bites for up to 2 hours.

Fend off Spiders with Citrus

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Spiders hate citrus, so a great way to fend them off is by mixing water with unsweetened lemon or lime juice. Use the mixture to spray down your kitchen counters and other surfaces where spiders may dwell, such as doorways and windowsills. You can also scatter orange, lemon, and lime peel around your garden to keep the spiders away.

Ward off Fleas with Salt

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A good way to rid your home of fleas is by alternating salting and vacuuming your floors. This will kill flea eggs, as well as suck up any live bloodsuckers. Since fleas have a three-day reproduction cycle, you have to be persistent. Salt your floors every day for nine days, vacuuming every third day. Be sure to empty the vacuum cleaner each time, or else any live fleas that you’ve sucked up will simply hop back out and make their way back into your carpet!

Scare Away Flies with Basil

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For some reason, flies really despise the smell of basil. You can use this to your advantage by placing pots of basil around your house, especially at doorways, on windowsills, and on your kitchen counter. If your house doesn’t let in enough sunlight to keep a potted plant thriving, then you can hang dried basil in small muslin pouches throughout your home, focusing on entryways and your kitchen. Be sure to rub the pouch occasionally to keep the scent strong. Alternately, you can plant basil around the exterior of your house, creating a barrier between the flies and your home.

These are just a few natural remedies to keep your home pest-free. If you find yourself still facing a pest problem after trying these, you may need to call in a pest control professional in order to find a solution.

About the author: Chris is writer for Fox Pest Control, a Connecticut based pest control company.

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