What are ants?
Small ants can cause big problems in our Texas homes. More than 250 native species of ants live in Texas, each with unique behaviors, physical appearances, and nesting habits. What many ants have in common is their ability to invade our homes and businesses; they will take advantage of any property that offers them food, water, or shelter.
Physical characteristics of ants include:
- Three body parts: head, the thorax, and the abdomen
- A body covered in a hard, water-proof exoskeleton
- Six legs
- Winged reproductive members
- Chewing mouthparts
- Elbow shaped antennae
Carpenter ants, crazy ants, fire ants, ghost ants, odorous house ants, and Pharaoh ants are examples of species of ants that live in our region and often find their way into our yards and homes.
Because there are so many ants that call Texas home, when these insects find a way to your property, it is always best to partner with a home pest control professional to ensure your specific ant problem is accurately identified and properly treated!
Are ants dangerous?
For the most part, ants aren't a huge danger, but that isn't to say that they should be allowed to move in and out of our homes as they please. Like other pests that live outside and travel across the ground, they pick up bacteria on their bodies and legs. When ants are in our homes, they will contaminate food and surfaces with that bacteria, their excrement, and saliva.
Depending on the species, an ant infestation can cause a multitude of problems:
- Odorous house ants create unpleasant odors.
- Carpenter ants cause structural damage.
- Fire ants are aggressive and attack people and pets in large groups delivering painful bites and stings.
- Pharaoh ants can transmit disease-causing pathogens that can lead to significant illness in people.
Partner with Pestco Professional Pest Control to solve your Texas property's ant problems. From carpenter ants to fire ants and everything in between, we have you covered!
Why do I have an ant problem?
Unfortunately, an ant infestation isn't something that most people can avoid entirely. If you don't have regular pest control services in places, ants are going to find their way onto your property or into your home at some point in time.
Food, trash, leaky pipes and fixtures, decaying wood, and greasy surfaces are examples of things that regularly attract ants to our Texas properties.
Where will I find ants?
Ants live outside all around us, nesting and foraging for food. Though ants typically nest outdoors, they regularly find their way into our homes while foraging for food or if the nest is disturbed.
When an ant nest is threatened, they will split up the colony and create new nesting sites to ensure the colony's survival; a process referred to as "budding." Their ability to "bud" is one of the many reasons ants are so difficult to control; a single colony can maintain multiple nests.
When ants move into our homes, their nests are usually found under floors, inside insulation, in crawl spaces, behind wall voids, in structural wood, and behind large appliances and heating systems.
How can I prevent ants in the future?
If you want to get rid of ants from your Beaumont area property, Pestco Professional Pest Control is here to help! We are dedicated to our customers and provide them with honest, reliable pest control services and superior customer service.
Pestco Professional Pest Control is a full-service pest control company that provides our customers with customized pest control services that use Integrated Pest Management methods and products approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. We know that each of our customer's pest control needs varies, which is why we offer single, monthly, and quarterly plans.
Call us today to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control plans in Beaumont and learn how we can work together to keep your home free of ants and other household pests!
How do I get rid of ants?
Use the following suggestions to reduce the chances of ants taking over your Beaumont area property:
- Eliminate excess moisture that attracts ants by repairing damaged gutters, fixing leaky spigots, and cutting back vegetation from your home's exterior to help the sun hit and keep the soil next to your home dry.
- Keep ants out of your house by sealing up openings in its exterior. Caulk cracks in the foundation, fill in any holes in exterior walls, repair damaged weatherstripping, and install door sweeps.
- Remove sources of food that ants can use to feed their colony. Keep lids on trash cans, keep outdoor eating areas free of food debris, pick up unwanted pet food, and maintain a clean kitchen. Remove crumbs and other food debris from your home by regularly vacuuming and wiping down surfaces.
For pest control options you can trust, contact Pestco Professional Pest Control.