Ants are some of the most ubiquitous–and annoying–pests in the world. Ants are an extremely diverse insect that occupy nearly every corner of the globe. In Texas, ant infestations can be a costly problem. Ants can multiply in ferocious numbers and can take over a structure in a matter of hours, or even days. Severe ant infestations are difficult–if not impossible–to remedy without a professional pest control service. A specialized approach to eradicating an ant infestation is the best way to ensure that your home or business is ant free. Ant control is a common service homeowners request during the warmer months in the San Antonio area.
Ants are a highly diverse insect group, very specialized, and exist almost everywhere. In Texas, there are few common types of ants that cause problems for homes and businesses. These ants present different risks, but share similar attributes as pests. Ants can live up to 10 years and their colonies can hold from 300,000 to many millions of ants, depending on size and variety of ant. Here is a quick look at some of the more common ants found in Texas.
You don’t have to live in Texas for long to have an encounter with a fire ant–when you do you’re sure to feel it! These ants are also known as red ants and can be invasive in many parts of the U.S. In Texas alone the impact of these red ants is estimated at over $1.2 billion annually. What sets fire ants apart from many other ants is their ability to sting by injecting an alkaloid venom. This and their reddish color give them the moniker ‘fire ants’. If you have an infestation of fire ants, call Beeline Pest Control immediately for a comprehensive removal plan.
Called a ‘crazy ant’ for its quick, erratic movements, these ants are a serious problem in Texas and have even reached epidemic proportions in South America, where they originate. These ants are commonly found near the coast, are not attracted to ordinary ant bait, and can be difficult to fully eradicate since their colonies contain multiple queens. These ants cannot sting, but they can bite and are responsible for widespread damages to homes and electrical equipment across numerous Texas counties.
The name of these ants tells it all–they are attracted to sugar and other savory foods. These are one of the largest groups of ants in the U.S and are identified by their orange/brown body and black head. Sugar ants don’t feed primarily on sugar but are attracted to sweet items and collect plant secretions. Their nests are commonly found in holes, wooded areas, between rocks, and in the soil. They are common in both urban and rural areas.
In 2013, the National Pest Management Association reported that ants remain the number one pest in the country. These ants may be nothing more than a nuisance to the homeowner, or they may bite or sting the home’s inhabitants. Ants may invade other structures also, such as restaurants and office buildings.
Property owners want to know how ants get into a building in the first place. Once a food source has been detected, the ant leaves a pheromone chemical trail to alert other animals to its presence. With the help of ant pest control measures in San Antonio, Shertz, New Braunfels and other areas of Texas, these pests can be removed from the building in a short period of time.
An ant colony may be home to anywhere from 300,000 to 500,000 insects. One reason ants are so hard to get rid of is the worker ant may live for seven years. Using do-it-yourself products often doesn’t work when homeowners are dealing with ants. Once ants begin dying off, others in the colony realize there is a problem and relocate, making it even harder to kill them.
Don’t let household ants take over your home. Call Beeline Pest Control today 210-876-4566 and we will help exterminate those irritating insects with our quick and safe methods.