How do you get rid of ants? Good question. Ants are one of the most common insects in homes and businesses around Utah and throughout the country. While they are more rampant during warmer months, some ants may still make their way into your residence to seek shelter from the cold as winter approaches.

If ants are disrupting your peace of mind, the answer is to call H2 Pest Control today. Our ant extermination services cover Lehi, Eagle Mountain and the whole of Salt Lake and Utah Counties. Get professional ant control in your home or yard by contacting H2 Pest Control.


Most people can recognize an ant when they see one. But knowing the difference between various ant varieties can help you assess the risk that an ant infestation poses to your home. Different types of ants behave differently and create different problems for homeowners.

Here are some of the most common ant varieties in Utah and the U.S.

  1. Odorous house ants. As their name suggests, these ants give off a foul smell when crushed. They are dark brown or black and no longer than ⅛ inch in length.
  2. Pavement Ants. These ants are one of the most common household pests in the country. They’re not native to the U.S., but they’ve been around for hundreds of years, likely showing up when the first Europeans arrived here. They can be best controlled by targeting the foraging worker ants that show up in your home in search of food sources.
  3. Pharaoh Ants. These tiny ants are one of the smallest species of ant in the U.S. Also known as sugar ants, they are yellow or brown in color. They don’t sting, but they breed year-round and are incredibly hard to get rid of.
  4. Argentine ants. These small ants can grow to be about ¼ inch long. They like wet environments and are usually found in the southeastern United States, which makes them less common than other ant species in Utah County.
  5. Fire ants. These ants are reddish-brown and can grow up to about half an inch long. They get into your houses by finding small holes and cracks in your floors or walls. They can sting and will leave a bump or a welt on your skin, depending on how allergic you are.
  6. Carpenter ants. These ants are dark red and black and about half an inch in length. They like cool, damp areas. They chew through wood to build nests and can cause structural damage to your home.
  7. Crazy ants. This variety of ant originates in the Caribbean. They are small and fast and can adapt to many different climates. They are not harmful or destructive, but they’re very annoying!

Consult with H2 Pest Control to verify the kind of ant that is living in your home. You can make an educated guess, but we’re professionally trained to identify different ant varieties!

Basic Ant Identification

Ants are relatively easy to identify, but breaking them down into specific species can be trickier. It’s hard to get a close look at something that’s so small.

Here are some basic ant facts that might help you identify the pests in your home:

  • Ants have two eyes
  • Ant antennas never stick straight out. They commonly droop down in front of their face. If an insect has antennas that stick out, it might be a velvet ant. Despite the name, velvet ants are actually wasps. They have an extremely powerful sting.
  • All ants can bite, but only ants with two nodes can sting. Nodes are small body parts between an ant’s thorax and its gaster, which is the rearmost portion of its body.

Understanding Ant Behavior

It’s one thing to see ants in your home, but it’s another to understand the behavior that those ants are displaying. When you have a basic understanding of ant behavior, you can get an idea of the kind of infestation you’re dealing with.

Ants exhibit behavior that is known as “eusocial,” which means that they share resources and work together to support the reproductive members of their population. Ants are separated by the kind of labor that they perform in their colony. Some ants have purely reproductive roles, and other non-reproductive individuals serve as “worker ants.”

Worker ants find resources like food and water and travel back to the hive with these essential supplies. They might also maintain and protect their nest and look after the young.

Bees, wasps, termites, and even naked mole rats also exhibit eusocial behavior.

So, what does all this mean for the average homeowner? Worker ants can travel very far from their colony in search of resources, so seeing ants in your home doesn’t necessarily mean that a colony is nearby. Good news!

On the flip side of that, ants’ eusocial behavior means that a colony doesn’t need to be close for ants to go foraging in your home. Even if you haven’t identified a colony close to your house, you could still struggle with unwelcome ants.

If you want to identify the location of an ant colony, it might be as simple as following a trail of ants. Worker ants leave pheromone trails that other ants follow to locate major food sources. Following ant trails can reveal what food sources ants are most drawn to and where they are entering your home.

To complicate things, some ants break away from their colony and form a new one in a process known as “budding.” Budding occurs when a new queen is established and enough worker ants break away from their original colony to support her.


Close Up of Ant

Most of the ant populations in the Utah County area won’t cause harm to you or your home. However, we have seen cases of carpenter ants that will nest in wood, weakening building structures. Either way, ants are a terrible nuisance as their population rises and becomes almost uncontrollable. That’s why you need to contact H2 Pest Control for professional ant control services in your home or yard.

Many homeowners find it frustrating when DIY ant traps and sprays fail to ward off ant colonies. These ant control solutions can bring some quick relief, but don’t get to the heart of the problem.

Close Up of Ant


A quick internet search will reveal many DIY ant prevention techniques.

Suggestions include spraying vinegar or cayenne pepper around your home, sprinkling cinnamon or flour around ant-infested hot spots, and feeding the pests cornmeal mixed with borax.

Such solutions may target foraging ants found outside of the colony’s home, but miss where the majority of the population lies. Or the colony is exterminated, but some foraging ants are missed, left to start colonies of their own and begin the cycle all over again.

DIY options are a small bandaid for a bigger problem. You’ll have to continually apply DIY treatments to keep ants at bay. Plus, many DIY techniques are impractical for long-term use. No one wants a floor that’s covered in flour, vinegar, and cornmeal!

To effectively control ants on your property, you need professional pest control experts who know where to target ant treatments and which treatments will be best for your specific situation. Ant control professionals from H2 Pest Control can provide you with just that.


When your H2 professional arrives, they will perform a thorough inspection of your home and treat all problem areas. If you spot any ants still around after the visit, H2 Pest Control offers a free re-service guarantee so just get in touch for another appointment.

There are a few steps that you can take to prepare for your H2 professionals. These will ensure that your house is ready for pest control treatment and will help you get the best final results.

  • Most importantly, make a note of where you see ants in your home. This is an important way for your pest professionals to form an effective treatment plan.
  • Vacuum, sweep, clean your counters, and take out your trash. These simple steps eliminate the crumbs
    and food debris that attract ants.
  • Put leftover foods in the refrigerator and seal non-refrigerated items in containers or bags.


At H2 Pest Control, we identify the root of your ant problem by doing a comprehensive inspection. But that’s not all that makes us one of Utah County’s top pest control companies.

  • Long-lasting ant control: Residential and commercial ant treatments from H2 Pest Control reduces ants on your property. We put preventative ant control measures in place to create a protective barrier for longer-lasting results.
  • Pet and child-friendly ant treatment: H2 Pest Control uses ant control treatments that won’t harm the environment, your belongings, pets, or children. You can even stay in your house while the ant control service is being carried out.
  • Targeted techniques: We don’t just spray your home and call it good. Depending on the kind of ant you’re struggling with and the type of infestation you’re experiencing, we’ll tailor our treatment approach. For example, trailing ants can be effectively targeted with bait, which they will carry back to their colony. Let us create a specialized plan that meets your needs!
  • Complete re-services (for free): That’s right! We offer a guarantee for all clients that take advantage of our ongoing prevention packages. If you have ongoing services and your property still experiences an ant infestation after our treatment, our certified technicians will come back and re-service your entire home or commercial space. And it’s all at no extra cost to you.
  • Utah-based and family run: H2 Pest Control is dedicated to providing everyone with a pest-free home. As a family business, it’s important to us to share our values with our clients. As a Utah business, we also bring valuable local insight into the types of ants in your area and where they’re most likely to be found in your home.


With small and invasive bugs like ants, a thorough and detailed treatment is necessary. Otherwise, the problem will never go away. When it comes to pest control, we don’t cut any corners.

We’re proud to use EPA-approved treatments, and we’re so confident in our processes that we offer a reservice guarantee for all clients. Take advantage of our ongoing prevention packages and we’ll reservice your home if it’s ever necessary.

Our ant control provides fast results that last. By applying treatments where they matter most, H2 Pest Control provides complete ant control to homes and businesses alike. Call us today for ant pest control services in Lehi, Eagle Mountain, and all of Utah County and Salt Lake County!


  • Although they have no ears or lungs, ants have two stomachs.
  • The queen of the Pogonomyrmex occidentalis owyheei species of ant (commonly known as the Western harvester ant) can live up to 30 years, making her one of the world’s longest living insects.
  • A supercolony of ants was found in Argentina with nests stretching over an area more than 3,500 miles wide.
  • The tiny ant turned out to be mightier than the dinosaur, having outlived the mass extinction event that wiped out dinosaurs 66 million years ago. Ants have been in existence since at least the mid-Cretaceous period, 130 million years ago.
  • Ants are extremely strong relative to their size. Some ants can carry objects that are up to 50x their bodyweight, which makes them talented scavengers.



The average ant colony contains hundreds of thousands of ants. Being so small, they can easily access your home through the tiniest of gaps. If they find a food source, you’ll suddenly see huge numbers infesting your home. Call H2 Pest Control for effective and long-lasting ant treatment and preventive perimeters treatment.


Sure, if you want to put up with the little pests, that’s up to you. Be aware though, that ants don’t die off in colder weather, they merely go into a hibernation mode called diapause. That means they’ll be ready to infest your home once again when spring comes around. Regular ant control treatment from a professional company like H2 Pest Control is the only sure-fire way to control ants.


Due to the variety of ants found in Utah, it’s important that the technicians at H2 Pest Control identify them correctly. This is because different baits work for different ants so if you need ant control in your yard or home, rely on the experts to give the most appropriate and effective treatment for the pest problem.


Ants are very small so they only need tiny cracks and crevices to get into a building. Sealing any potential gaps or holes in your building’s exterior is a great start to ant-proofing your home. Try to keep shrubs or bushes from overgrowing near your walls and trim back overhanging tree branches if possible. Clean up food spills inside and outside the building to avoid attracting the ants and keep your outside spaces free from plant debris and clutter.

Even these precautions might not stop an eager army of ants from invading your kitchen, though, so if that happens, give H2 Pest Control a call!


You can use many different products to get rid of ants in your home. Below is a list of a few ideas to treat the ants in your house.

  • Pour hot water into any ant nests you may find. Even though ants are very small, their nests can be massive. The hot water will kill many of the ants immediately but will not fully destroy the colony.
  • Remove any food sources that the ants may have. This includes getting rid of any leftovers or making sure they can’t get to any starchy foods. This includes sugar, honey, sweets, and cornmeal.
  • Bait traps can be bought from most home supply stores and will attract ants to eat the food that is laced with pesticide, which they will take back to the colony. The pesticide will then kill off the ants.

"Josh Davis is our technician and he is so great. He is always so responsive and helpful. Josh is friendly and professional, works quickly and carefully. We haven’t had any problem this season with bugs in the house. When we did last year he came quickly and help us get rid of our ants. He’s the best!"

-Michelle Godsey


"They are great to communicate when they are coming and haven’t missed any appointments. Since we started using them we haven’t seen any issues with ants or insects in our home or in the hole for our trampoline."

-Brian Lafeen