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Everything to Know About Ants in Denver

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Denver is a beautiful city known for its mountains, skiing, food, and the refreshing mountain air. Whether visiting or calling Denver home, Denver is a beautiful place and is full of adventure. But, with all this beauty comes some not-so-nice stuff. There are many Denver pest control issues, including ANTS! 

There are many types of ants in Denver. These little critters are small but can be quite annoying. Ants live in colonies, which can contain up to 300 million ants. One ant can be killed quickly by tissue, but 300 million? Getting rid of those pests will take a lot more than just a quick pinch, and different types of ants require different types of treatments. So, what types of Ants live in Denver, and throughout Colorado?

What Types of Ants Are in Denver?

The most common ants in Denver and throughout Colorado are: 

  • Pavement Ants
  • Carpenter Ants
  • Field Ants
  • Pharaoh Ants
  • Harvester Ants 

Pavement Ants

pavement ant on food wrapperThe pavement ant is also known as the sugar ant because they like sugar, nectar, syrup, and fruits! Their colonies are located under sidewalks, which is why they are named pavement ants. They are typically dark brown and black. Along with pesticides, the key to keeping pavement ants away is by keeping your home clean, mopping, sweeping, and vacuuming frequently, keeping food off countertops and properly sealed. 

Carpenter Ants

carpenter ant on leafCarpenter ants are sometimes confused with termites. They do not eat wood as termites do. Carpenter ants cause damage, but not nearly as bad as termites. Because of their similarity to termites, they are sometimes called wood-destroying ants. Logs, stumps, and hollow trees are their usual spots to nest, as they look for hollow areas and moist woods to build their nest. Carpenter ants invade your home when looking for food. If your home is in a wooded area, you most likely have seen these ants before. A large species of ant, Carpenter ants do bite when their nest is disturbed. These bites can be very painful.

Unfortunately, DIY carpenter ant solutions usually will not kill the entire colony. However, homeowners that go this route usually have the best luck using Borax. To ensure carpenter ants don’t return, remove any decaying wood from your home. This may include a support beam in your home that needs to be replaced or firewood that is stored against your home. Like with any ants, inspect your property for opens that would allow ants or any pest to enter your home, filling these holes with caulk or another solution. 

Field Ants

wood ant on concrete brickField ants have several nicknames, such as thatching ants, red ants, and wood ants. They prefer to nest outdoors, which gives them the name of field ants. These ants prefer to munch on honeydew, smaller insects, and sometimes meat. Field ants look different from other ants because they are pale yellow and reddish. However, they are still sometimes mistaken for fire ants. 

Field ants usually do not nest or infest homes, but they can make their way inside when searching for food or during swarming season. This means you need to worry more about keeping field ants out than you do to get rid of ants. Again, this means properly sealing your home from ants and all other pests, as well as keeping your home clean.

Pharaoh Ants

pharaoh ant carrying sugar crystalIt is said that Pharaoh ants got its name from the thought that they were one of the plagues in Egypt during Pharaoh times, which is actually not true. They are confused with thief ants, due to their pale, yellowish coloring. Pharaoh ants are commonly found in food establishments and can use a telephone or electrical wires to travel behind the scenes. Sweets, oils, proteins, and dead insects draw the attention of Pharaoh ants. Their colonies tend to be large and they are frequently a major pest in hospitals! Baiting is the most effective way to get rid of Pharaoh ants, as this will attack the entire colony. 

Harvester Ants

harvester ant close upHarvester ants are orangeish-red in color, are known to be aggressive, and have extremely painful bites. There are twenty-two species of harvester ants, but only the red ones have these painful bites. Harvest seeds are the main food source of these ants. Harvester ants are usually ant outdoor pest, only venturing inside by accident. However, their mounds can cause bare spots in your lawn. Like Pharaoh ants, baits are usually the best option for these lawn pests. 

Do Fire Ants Live in Denver?

No! Fortunately, fire ants do not live in Denver or anywhere in Colorado. Fire ants are found in the Southeast United States, as well as Texas, New Mexico, and in Parts of California. Fire ants like subtropical areas, so if the winters are mild, fire ants probably live there!

How Do Ants Communicate With Each Other?

Ants can communicate through pheromones, which alerts other ants when there is danger or food nearby. These tiny critters are a lot smarter than they look.

How to Get Rid of Ants in the Yard

If you are having ant issues in your home, you are probably noticing anthills in your yard. The yard is the best place to start because once you get rid of the source, your ant issues in the home will most likely disappear. The first thing to do is to find the anthills. You can place poison or baits on the mounds to kill the ants. Also, you can pour boiling water on the anthill to ruin the hill and kill the ants. 

Once the anthills are taken care of, it is best to be preventative. Sources of standing water in your backyard can draw unwanted pests to your yard. Do your best to eliminate sources of standing water. Firewood is also a place of gathering for ants, especially carpenter ants. Store your firewood twenty feet or further away from the house. It is also important to keep branches and shrubbery trimmed and away from the house. When branches are close to the home, ants can easily use them as a pathway to your home. Also, you can always call professionals for quick and reliable care to get rid of ants in your yard. Professionals are trained in getting rid of your ant issues and will do everything they can to protect your home and yard.

How to Get Rid of Ants in the Home

There are several ways to get rid of ants in your home that are quick and easy. The first thing to do is to keep a tidy home. Ants love crumbs, clutter, and messes. When your home is tidy, you are less likely to have ants. It is also important to keep food in airtight containers. Your food will stay fresh and protected from ants! Cleaning up your food and making sure crumbs are cleaned up will keep ants away from your home. Since ants are small, they can enter from about anywhere. Try to locate entry points and seal them up so ants cannot get in your home. While you are looking for entry points, keep an eye out for nests near your home. Get rid of these nests and place baits in these areas. Ants will carry these baits to their nest rather than venturing further into your home. It is important to place baits in areas where you have seen ants. It is also important to replace the baits to keep up with the ants! Also, use products that are not toxic to mammals. You want to be particularly careful when using products in the home because of you and your family! Family is always the most important.

Ant & Pest Control in Denver

When home remedies do not get rid of your ant issues, Triangle Pest Control is here to help! With a five star rating on Google and an  A+ on BBB, Triangle Pest Control is well-trusted as a business and a pest control company! When signing up with Triangle Pest Control, you can expect:

  • Free inspections: Do you think you might have an ant issue? One of our friendly exterminators can inspect your home, free of charge!
  • Same-day service: When you call before noon, you can receive same-day service for your ant issues!
  • EPA approved products: A pest control company is only as good as their products, so Triangle Pest Control uses EPA approved products. We take pride in our safe products that will get rid of your ant issues and keep your family safe!
  • Budget-friendly plans: We at Triangle Pest Control understand each family has a different budget, so we offer different plans for every budget!
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee: If you are not completely satisfied with your service, give us a call and we will re-treat for free!

Triangle Pest Control does not only cover ants! We can service your home for mosquitoes, bed bugs, rodents, and all other Denver pest control needs! For any pest issue, give Triangle Pest Control a call!

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