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Ants

Ants
Common Name:Ants
Length:2.6 to 3.2 mm long
Color:Variable in color from light red to brown or black
Sounds:---
Bite:Can be painful
What Are Ants?
As young as pre-schoolers are taught about ants. Ant might even be the first word most children learn while being taught their ABC’s. As kids, we know that they are these tiny insects that crawl around. Our parents taught us that if they were mostly red or light brown, we should stay away at all costs because they can sting us bad. But what are ants in general? What kinds of insects are they?

An ant is a small insect with the scientific name Formicidae belonging to the Hymenoptera order along with bees and wasps. They are classified as social insects because they are always in large groups. They build large colonies that consist of a queen or queens, males, and female workers.

If you do not manage to get rid of them, a black garden ant could live up to 15 years while the Pharaoh ant can survive for up to 12 years. The typical length of a black garden ant is about 0.5 to 0.7 cm. The Pharaoh ant is really tiny at about 0.2 cm. The carpenter ant can grow anywhere from 0.64 to 2.5 cm.

There are hundreds of ant species all over the world. In Arizona, the most common ones are the Argentine ants, carpenter ants, crazy ants, fire ants, leafcutter ants, Pharaoh ants, pavement ants, rover ants, forelius ants, and the odorous house ants.

If you have an ant problem at home, you can use several items straight from your kitchen like vinegar and lemon to help get rid of them. Alternatively, you may call Watchdog Pest Control for ant removal for more serious problems in your Phoenix, Arizona property. Call us at 602-842-5290 for an appointment!

Where Do Ants Live?
Just like many other animals and insects, ants live everywhere in the world — across all continents, except for Antartica. They can live pretty much anywhere from indoors to outdoors, depending on their kind. There are hundreds of species and thousands of different kinds of ants spread across the planet. Where do ants live when they bother humans the most? Inside our homes, of course.

While they are generally harmless and wouldn’t attack you on purpose, there are ants that sting and bite, including the infamous red fire ant. Since they live in colonies underneath the earth on your lawn or in parks, one can accidentally step on their mound. That’s when they would sting as self-defense; and you won’t just get one or a couple of bites when this happens. You’ll probably end up with a swollen foot after multiple ant bites.

Pavement ants do not bite but you can tell that they live under your driveway or pathway going towards your house when you soil scattered and dug up in those areas. Most likely they’re underneath already.

Indoors, ants would look for shelter under your countertops, sinks, baseboards and even inside walls. The words would be carpenter ants who would get the wooden part of your furniture to build their own nest. The damage can be extreme especially if you never noticed them around early on.

While they’re mostly harmless, it is still best to not have ants in your home especially indoors. Get ant removal assistance from the best pest control company in Arizona, Watchdog Pest Control. Call us at 602-842-5290 for an appointment!

What Kinds of Ants Live in My Area?
You must live somewhere in Antartica to be able to say that absolutely no ant species are found in your area. There are thousands of ant species and they are found in different places across the planet. In Arizona, there are hundreds of types of ants and some of them can easily be found on your property. While many of them seem harmless, there are some that could cause a bit of damage to your property while others could bring germs to your home.

In Arizona, there are so many ant species and among the common ones are carpenter ants. They nest within rotting, dry or moist wood. While not as bad as termites, they can cause quite a bit of damage to your home’s wooden structure as they excavate bits of wood to take to their nest.

We also have a whole lot of Argentine ants found in gardens and lawns. Crazy ants are the ones that seem to be rushing around all the time and would go “crazy” when disturbed. They’re the ones you would find indoors and outdoors, but they don’t particularly sting. Those that sting are fire ants which can either be black or red. They like living in gardens and parks where it’s mostly sunny and moist. Odorous house ants, pavement ants, leaf cutter ants, and Pharaoh ants are some of the other common ant species in the Arizona state.

For ant issues in your Phoenix, Arizona property, the best company to call is Watchdog Pest Control. We offer ant removal services for both commercial and residential properties. Call us at 602-842-5290 for assistance.

What Damage Can Ants Inflict On You And Your Home?

Generally speaking, most ants are considered harmless by humans. For as long as they don’t enter your home, they won’t do much damage except that they would be such annoying pests in the garden. They can lay around in the pavement, take over your plants, create their homes under the soil and more. But when they enter indoors, what damage can ants inflict on you and your home?

First of all, it depends on the kinds of ants you’re dealing with. Ants that bite and sting include red fire ants whose sting hurts quite a lot, especially if more than one of them sting you at once. Then there are the carpenter ants, which offer the more serious damage. They build their nests using materials they get from the wooden structure of your home. Imagine if you have so many of these at home, they can truly put the structure of your home at risk.

Then there are the black ants and the sugar ants that look for food all the time. They’d get into your leftovers, garbage, pet’s food and so much more. Seems like they bring little damage, but they’re actually dangerous too. Imagine these ants walking into your bathroom, crawling through walls indoors and outdoors, then moving on towards your food. Just think of all the germs and harmful bacteria they carry!

While there are plenty of home remedies you can check out to get rid of ants in your home, it is always best to call on the pros for assistance to prevent further ant damage. Watchdog Pest Control offers ant removal services in Phoenix, Arizona. Call us at 602-842-5290 to set an appointment.

What Do I Do If I Was Bitten/Stung By Ants?

Ant bites and stings are very common practically anywhere all over the world. While they don’t intentionally prey on humans, some ant species would sting as a form of defense mechanism. In the event that you accidentally step on their nest, expect more than just a couple of bites that would certainly get your itching for hours.

Fire ants, the red ones, are usually the ones that would sting very painfully. The feeling is like a burning and sharp pain sensation that you certainly wouldn’t be able to ignore. These fire ants are commonly found in lawns and gardens underneath their fire ant mound or nest. As mentioned, you will get multiple stings at once when you step on their home because there’s plenty of them living there.

Kids are the usual victims of these fire ants as they play around in gardens and parks without really looking out for ant mounds. The best way to avoid getting stung is by wearing closed shoes and socks when playing outdoors where there could potentially be fire ant nests.

More often than not, ant stings will result in tiny blisters that only need to be washed with mild soap and water. A cold compress is ideal when you want to minimize the pain and itching. While not exactly deadly when you’re only dealing with few ant bites, you must know that their sting comes with venom that could potentially strike up an allergic reaction. When swelling, nausea, breathing trouble and other unusual symptoms occur, it is best to visit your doctor for medical assistance.

To get rid of ants in your Phoenix, Arizona property, call Watchdog Pest Control for assistance in ant removal at 602-842-5290.

What Can You Do If You Already Have Ants?
Ants are a major part of nature. These tiny insects can be extremely small but their effect on people is simply huge. One quick bite could hurt greatly and may even cause infections. They can take over your garden, kitchen and many other parts of your home. As much as possible, no one wants a lot of ants invading their property. But what can you do if you already have ants in your home?

They are a common sight in the garden where they can build their colony and keep their food. It’s pretty fine when you have a bunch of ants outdoors for as long as they don’t stay where humans are. Ants are attracted to the smell of grease and sugar. Once you leave these out indoors, ants would find their way in. Before you know it, they’ve taken bits and pieces of your favorite cake or are taking a dip in your bowl of soup.

You can get rid of ants through various products you can easily find in your kitchen. Cinnamon, white vinegar, and lemons are only some of the things you can use to come up with an anti-ant solution. There are also a number of spray insecticides you can find on the market that are safe on humans and pets, but deadly on insects like ants.

However, when you have a really serious ant problem at home and no amount of these home remedies are working anymore, you can simply call a reliable pest control company. In Phoenix, Arizona, Watchdog Pest Control is the company to call. You may reach us at 602-842-5290 for immediate ant removal services.

How Do You Prevent Ants From Invading Your Environment?
There are way too many kinds of ants in the world to get rid of them completely. Thankfully, some of their species aren’t as bad as others and are generally harmless. Truth is the only time you should be concerned is when these ants are in your property, especially indoors. So how do you prevent ants from invading your environment? What are the steps you need to take to make sure they won’t damage your property or cause you any harm?

Ants are attracted to certain places differently depending on their species. For instance, red fire ants are usually found outdoors because their main food sources are found there. They like plants, insects, worms and other sweet items. Black garden ants are known to eat soft fruits and seeds, and even smaller insects. Then there’s the all too common in Arizona odorous house ant that likes living outdoors but would find their way indoors when they smell some sweet leftovers in your home.

It is challenging to prevent ants from invading your garden because you basically have to turn every brick, stone, and piece of wood upside down to make sure they’re not hiding anywhere. You may use pesticides to get rid of them outdoors or at least prevent them from multiplying. To get rid of them indoors, clean up and never leave any kind of food uncovered.

You should call a pest control company like Arizona’s Watchdog Pest Control for assistance in ant removal if you’re already dealing with a major ant problem. You may reach us at 602-842-5290 for an appointment.

Are Ants Dangerous For My Pets?
Ants find their way into our homes. They go into our garbage, and may even share with our pets’ food, aside from our own leftovers out in the open. It is quite common for us to see our cat or dog ingesting ants by accident or on purpose. The question that you may have now — are ants dangerous for my pets? Can they be toxic if our pets eat them? Would they sting or harm our pets?

They are generally harmless and would do very little to hurt your beloved pets. In fact, ants are wise enough to stay away from your cats and dogs, unless they want to be eaten or get stepped on. Some ant species that bite and sting could be quite problematic though. Fire ants, in particular, can secrete venom and may cause an infection when they sting your cat or dog. One sting doesn’t automatically mean your dog is in danger. Observe how your pet reacts to the sting and if there’s anything unusual, then it’s time to call the vet.

When your cat or dog ingests ants, they are actually in for a healthy treat as some ants can be a source of Vitamin C and protein. They aren’t that toxic to cause any harm to your pets’ health. However, when a dog or cat ingests way too many ants, there could be possible irritation in the mouth area, which requires you to seek vet assistance.

To make sure that you won’t have to deal with nuisance pests such as ants, call Watchdog Pest Control for help. Among our most in-demand services in Phoenix, Arizona is ant removal. Call us at 602-842-5290 for an appointment.

When Are Ants Most Active?
Ants are known to be one of the busiest insects because we always see them wandering around. It is rare for you to encounter an ant who’s alive and healthy that would stay put in one place. There are so many different ant species in the world. In Arizona alone, there are 300 ant species you should watch out for. They’re not all too harmful and would usually stay outdoors, while some would find their way indoors. So when are ants most active? When is it best to exert effort in prevention of ants or getting rid of them?

Outdoor ant prevention can be a challenge since they’re pretty much everywhere. There are outdoor insecticides found on the market that prove to be useful and effective so you can try those. When it comes to indoor ants, it is best to use home remedies and more natural products like vinegar, peppermint or lemon so you won’t have to risk your family’s health. Better yet, call professional pest control for proper assistance.

While they seem to be around all year round, ants prepare to mate and lay eggs during the spring season. They seem to be most active during the summer because this is when the new ant babies have grown to be the new ant generation. They work on their colonies and look for food.

If you’re having an extra difficult time dealing with ants in your home, especially when they seem more active than usual, it’s time to call Watchdog Pest Control. For ant removal services, you may reach us at 602-842-5290.

Where Are The Common Hiding Places For Ants?

In Arizona, ants are definitely a common sighting. In fact, it is most likely that you’d see at least a few ants every waking day indoors or outdoors. Because there’s usually so many of them, one might wonder where are the common hiding places for ants? Do they even hide? They do seem confident enough wandering around in broad daylight.

It depends on the type of ant you’re looking at if you’re wondering where they live and where they usually hide. If you have a garden, then it’s most likely you’d have a colony of black garden ants there. It’s also possible there are red fire ants hiding underneath a mound of soil. Under your driveway and walkways could be pavements ants.

Indoors, you can find a whole lot of other ant types. You can find them hiding in the garbage, in bags of chips and sweets left open, underneath the sink, countertops and even in your furniture. Because there’s more source of food in the kitchen, they like being around that area too. It is quite common seeing a trail of ants in the bathroom.

There are times when it seems like there aren’t any ants around, that’s because they do hide and they’re good at it. They come out during the summer to look for food and work on expanding their colonies.

While they probably won’t do you harm indoors, it is best to keep them out. Tiny as they may seem, they can still cause some damage. If home remedies such as sprays and insecticides won’t work, then it’s best to call Watchdog Pest Control for assistance. You can reach us at 602-842-5290!

What Is The Birthing Cycle Of Ants?
One of the most abundant insects in the world is the ant. These tiny creatures are found everywhere in the world except for Antartica, just like many other animals. They are ultimate survivors. A queen ant can live more than 15 years while worker ants survive 7 years or more. What is the birthing cycle of ants? How can there be too many of them in such a short time?

The birthing or life cycle of ants happen in as quick as 6 to 10 weeks. They have the ability to have so many babies at once because both fertilized and unfertilized eggs produce brand new ants.


Their life cycle starts as an egg, which is tiny at about 1mm and oval-shaped. Larger eggs mean it may contain a queen ant. These eggs soon become larva then pupa before they become adults. Female ants including queens come from fertilized eggs while the unfertilized eggs result to male ants.

All these cycles take place in the ant colony, which could easily be on your property. Just imagine all the ants that could be produced by a couple of colonies in a small garden, and there could easily be even more than that. Soon enough, you’ll have to deal with huge ant problems in your home.

Let experts help you out in preventing these ants from reproducing and removing those that are already in your property. Watchdog Pest Control is a company offering services for ant removal in and around Phoenix, Arizona. For assistance, give us a call at 602-842-5290.

What Is The History Of Ants?

Plenty of insects have been around for over 400 million years. Surprisingly, the ant is not one of them. In fact, the history of ants only began about 140 million years ago. Today, there are more than 22,000 species of ants in the world and only 12,500 of those are classified. Tiny as they may be, and despite not being the earliest living insects around, these ants are survivors. Some of them would live over 15 years.

Ants are the results of an evolution of wasp-like insects during the Cretaceous period. Through the years and centuries, more and more species are being discovered, and now, ants are considered to be one of the most abundant insects in the world. Some would say that for every one human, there are more than one million ants. But no one can really say for sure because there’s just too many of them to keep count. They’re now located in every continent except Antartica.

Because there are many ants in the world, it is very common to have some of them on your property. In fact, there could be more than one ant species within your residence. There could be colonies underneath your garden or behind your walls.

If you suspect ant problems in your property, you may try some home remedies such as vinegar or peppermint sprays. If those won’t work, then call on experts like Watchdog Pest Control. We operate in and around Phoenix, Arizona and would be happy to help. To set an appointment and to request a free consultation, call us at 602-842-5290.

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Ants are very tiny insects that live in colonies. We can get rid of ants by using many different techniques.

Our experienced team uses all available methods to prevent ants from gaining access to your environment without causing any harm to humans and pets. Treatment plans include the spraying of a repellent spray which can give the best result.
Ants are known to be one of the most difficult insects to remove from a location. If you find ants in your house, you have to react fast and efficiently to get rid of them as soon as possible.

Watchdog Pest Control can come periodically to monitor your home and help prevent an infestation of ants.

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