If homeowners complain about seeing ants inside the kitchen, you know these are Sugar Ants. They get the name because they are attracted to sweet foods. ...Well, not just sweet foods they are also heavily attracted to starch and grease. More often than not, they are found around your sink. There are two reasons ants invade homes- for shelter and food.
A few tips on minimizing the amount of ants inside the home include:
Luckily for us Utahns, fleas are not common here in Utah. If fleas are found, they are most likely on your dog or cat. Fleas transmit diseases and parasitic worms, and cause allergic dermatitis (inflammation of the skin). Adult fleas feed on blood, but the larvae feed on skin, feathers, and hair.
If you are seeing them around your pets, the best solution is to use an effective shampoo with a specific treatment for fleas. Wash your pet thoroughly. Shampoo alone will not eliminate the flea problem, it may only prevent it from reoccurring. If fleas are found in your carpet, the best strategy to eliminate the pest is to vacuum the entire area thoroughly. Then take the vacuum bag outside and dispose of it in your trash can. The next step is to call us. We'll come out and treat the entire infested area with a commercial grade flea formula called IGR (Insect Growth Regulator). This product will eliminate any reproduction of fleas in the treated area. Taking these steps not only sanitizes the area, but also provides a long lasting residual for multiple months to come.
The Pavement Ant is a soil-nesting species that was brought from England hundreds of years ago. Ants are common in the springtime, when the weather heats up. The ants emerge to the surface and hunt for food. Thus the colonization process begins. During the winter months ants are still reproducing and they are able to remain active below the frost line in your yard and even inside homes.
The best control method for ants is to eliminate the entire colony by having a commercial grade bait. We put these small granules in their path, in doing so, they mistake this for food and bring it back to the center of the colony. They feed it to the queen (without the queen, the colony can't reproduce) and a ripple effect comes into play.
In the image below, we placed a granulated bait their path Can you find and one of the workers is caring it back to the colony. Can you find him?