Pest Control Ankeny IA

Local resource for pest control in Ankeny, IA. Includes detailed information on insecticide, pesticides, ant pest control, poison spray, home pest control, and green pest control, as well as advice and content on pest control products.

(515) 963-8225
PO Box 1164
Ankeny, IA
(515) 288-2580
3707 6th Ave
Des Moines, IA
Premier Pest Services, Inc.
(515) 276-5834
3707 6th Ave
Des Moines, IA
(515) 276-7277
5415 Nw 88th St Ste 200
Johnston, IA
Des Moines Pest Control
(515) 278-6785
8072 NW Beaver Dr
Johnston, IA
NaturaLawn of America, Des Moines
(515) 965-7869
PO Box 902
Ankeny, IA
(515) 262-9229
5360 NE 14th St Ste A
Des Moines, IA
Preferred Pest Control, Inc.
(888) 778-5977
5415 NW 88th St, Suite 200
Johnston, IA
(515) 266-5381
Springer Pest Solutions
(515) 262-9229
5360 NE 14th Street, Ste. A
Des Moines, IA

Ant Pest Control

Organic and chemical ant control options

While ants can actually help your yard by aerating the soil and breaking down organic matter, they can also be pests that limit the enjoyment of your time outside in your yard. When ants become bothersome, it's time to look into ant pest control methods. Most ants, including argentine ants and fire ants, can be dealt with in a variety of ways. Carpenter ants, on the other hand, can do damage to your home and should be dealt with by a professional.

Organic Ant Control

One of the most effective methods of natural ant control includes limiting the plants that attract aphids and other honeydew-producing insects. This is the most obvious food source for common ants, so making sure none of your plants specifically attract them will be a powerful first step to preventing an ant infestation.

Sticky barriers can also provide natural ant control when placed on trees and tall plants to prevent the pests from climbing up. Another simple way of controlling ants without pesticides is pouring boiling hot water into the entrance of their nests. Ants can survive underwater, so this is unlikely to kill the entire nest (as the water will cool as it travels toward the queen) but it will certainly take care of the scout ants that are usually traveling around your lawn.

Finally, you can try leaving a low-wattage light on outside overnight near the area with the most ant activity. The change in light can disrupt the ants' foraging patterns.

Pest Control Chemicals for Ants

Boric acid and diatomaceous earth are both low-toxicity chemical compounds that can be used for ant control. Boric acid can be especially effective when paired with the boiling water method - the boiling water will kill ants near the surface and even as the water cools, it will bring the boric acid deep into the nest, killing many more of the ants. You can also make a homemade chemical mixture that scout ants will bring back to their nest, thinking it's food: d...

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IA Pest Control Regulatory Agencies

Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship

Laboratory Division

Henry A. Wallace Building, 1st Floor

Des Moines IA, 50301