Ants are bothersome little insects that can invade your home or business. They are naturally small and destructive. They nest in the thousands and this can pose a challenge in eradicating them. Ant control requires a unique approach as no one ant species is the same. There are various ant species here in Dallas, and to choose an appropriate ant management strategy, you must first identify the ant species. Read on to learn the common ant types and how to get rid of them.
Odorous House Ants
This is a common pest around Texas. They are referred to as odorous since when crushed they give out a sweet smell, this is because they prefer consuming sweet foods such as honey. Odorous house ants are not harmful to humans however, they can contaminate food which makes their management a priority. When they nest indoors, they prefer to nest near damaged water pipes and fixtures. While outdoors they are mostly found under stones, bricks, and in wall cracks.
They got their name because instead of destroying wood like termites, they create channels in the wood to use as nests. Outdoors, they are usually found in tree trunks, while indoors they are found in walls (wooden) and ceilings where they nest. The potential damage caused by this ant species can be reduced with early detection which increases the likelihood of prompt removal.
Fire ants must always be removed by a professional because of their angry behavior when a colony is disrupted and the terrible stings they can administer. Fire ants are usually found outside, but they can potentially get inside through HVAC systems or other holes and openings. Once you discover fire ants inside your home or business, do not attempt to remove them on your own, notify a pest control professional for immediate action.
This species of ant will raise its body into the air in a defensive stance when agitated. Although acrobat ants have stingers, they hardly use them, and the discomfort they cause doesn’t usually stay for long. Acrobat ants usually build their nests in trees outside, but they have the tendency to go indoors when the environment is suitable. Once inside a building, acrobat ants often build their nests inside insulation or other spots with a lot of wetness or access to water.
Pharaoh ants are almost always the first suspect in an ant infestation at your home or workplace. These pests like to build their nests indoors, in warm, concealed spaces. They frequently feed far from their nesting area by leaving a scent trail, which makes finding a nest much more challenging. Nests can be found indoors, where they have extra safety from being disturbed, under rugs, in wall outlets, or behind appliances.
If you know you have an ant problem the best cause of action is to call a professional (contact us). At Home Run Pest & Termite Control, we have the expertise, experience, and know-how to eradicate these common ant types promptly and efficiently. Contact us today for a free quote.