What are ants?
Ants live across the United States, invading our yards, homes, and commercial properties. They are social insects, led by one or many queens, with the sole responsibility of increasing the colony's size to ensure its survival. Each ant species varies with how they interact with each other, how they gather food, how they care for young, and where they nest.
In addition to queens, the other ant colony members include males and workers (sterile females). As the name describes, worker ants are responsible for most of the labor to maintain a colony. They gather food, care for the young, and keep the nest. A male ant's only job is to mate with the queen.
Some of the most common types of ants living throughout the Austin area include fire ants, carpenter ants, sugar ants, and acrobat ants.
Are ants dangerous?
Some ants are dangerous, but most are not. Some of the most common household invading ants like sugar ants and acrobat ants are annoying to deal with, difficult to control, and will introduce bacteria to surfaces and food. Ants that are dangerous bite, sting, spread diseases, or cause structural damage.
Fire ants live throughout Texas, and their stings are very painful. These ants first bite to grab hold of their victim and then use the stinger at the end of the abdomen to inject venom. A fire ant's venom is strong enough to cause reactions in people allergic. In the case of those very allergic or when these ants attack as a group, they may trigger anaphylaxis in people and small animals. Learn more about fire ant control in Austin, TX.
Carpenter ants are considered dangerous because of their ability to find a way into and tunnel through a building's structural wood. Targeting decaying wood, the presence of carpenter ants, and many other species of ants often means there is a moisture issue somewhere near or inside your home.
Ants may also cause other problems like:
- Getting into and shorting out electrical equipment.
- Creating unpleasant odors.
- Creating multiple, difficult to control nesting areas.
Despite the negatives, these ants aren't extremely dangerous and are known as nuisance ants.
Why do I have an ant problem?
Living in large colonies with sometimes millions of members, ants are always on the constant lookout for reliable food sources. More often than not, our yards provide ample food sources for foraging ants. Also, our yards, gardens, and homes offer great places for ants to build satellite nests. Ants often build their main nest outside, but as the colony grows or if the colony is disturbed, they create nests in other areas, including our yards and homes.
Where will I find ants?
Properties located near fields, meadows, parks, and wooded areas are most susceptible to ant infestations. Still, ants live almost anywhere there is food and shelter, including the middle of cities.
Inside our homes, ants like acrobat ants and sugar ants prefer to nest in areas where there is excess moisture. Wall voids near leaky pipes, air conditioners, windows, and doors are common nesting spots. They also like to nest below floors, above ceilings, and in crawlspaces. Carpenter ants nest inside structural wood, preferring wood that is decaying or damaged by water. Fire ants prefer to nest outdoors in wide-open, sunny areas and rarely nest inside structures.
How do I get rid of ants?
For the best solutions to your ant problems, partner with the reliable and friendly pest control experts at Accurate Termite and Pest Control. We have over 20 years in the pest control industry; trust us and our effective and customizable pest control solutions to maintain a home or business free of wandering ants.
Our family owned and operated pest control company is dedicated to our customers and dedicated to helping people maintain pest-free properties. If you are a home or business owner who wants to protect your Texas residential or commercial property from ants and other common pests, reach out to Accurate Termite and Pest Control today!
How can I prevent ants in the future?
Our Accurate Termite and Pest Control professionals have put together a list of helpful prevention tips to assist Texas homeowners in stopping ants from taking over their properties:
- Remove food sources from your yard that ants could take advantage of. Keep lids on trash cans, compost bins, and recycling bins. Don't leave uneaten pet food lying around, and keep decks and other outdoor eating areas free of leftover food.
- Get rid of easy access to food in your home by keeping floors vacuumed, counters free of spills and crumbs, and storing food in the fridge or hard-sided containers they can't sneak into.
- Try to keep a 12-18 inch barrier between mulch in garden areas and your foundation.
- Seed bare areas in your lawns as some ant species like to nest in hot, dry, dirt areas.
- Remove debris from your lawn where ants may create their nests, such as brush piles, leaf piles, fallen trees, and fallen fences.
- Batten up the hatches. Keep ants out of your home by sealing cracks in exterior walls and the foundation. Also, seal up spaces around utilities entering your home and place covers over vents.
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