Everybody knows that everything's bigger in Texas--and this very well could be true for ant infestations as well. While the ants themselves aren't actually bigger, they certainly have no trouble multiplying into large colonies to invade homes and businesses. Today, we'll be shining a spotlight on acrobat ants, carpenter ants, fire ants, odorous house ants, and rover ants, along with some of the problems they cause.
These tiny ants get their name because of their ability to lift their abdomen over their heads. They are light brown to black in color and the workers only grow to be around 2.5 and 4 mm long.
Threats: Although these ants usually live outdoors in nests inside dead or decaying wood, sometimes they invade homes and establish colonies inside tunnels and galleries that have been carved out by carpenter ants or termites. So their presence could be an indication that these pests are present as well. Acrobat ants are also moisture pests. This means, if they are inside your home, there may be water leaks and/or damage to your foundation and walls. Once inside, these ants will make their way into pantries and other areas where food is stored, and sometimes will emit an unpleasant odor when they are disturbed. If they have established themselves in your home, you may find yourself face to face with large numbers of them, as they send out swarms of winged reproductives to start new colonies.
These ants are large, shiny black ants that measure as large as 13 mm in length. Swarmers can be as large as 18 mm long and queens can be as big as 20 mm.
Threats: While not quite as destructive as termites, these ants cost United States property owners hundreds of millions of dollars annually. They chew into the wood of a structure in order to dig out tunnels and galleries to establish nests. In those nests, they multiply and grow their numbers. If carpenter ants are allowed to continue to tunnel and multiply, extensive damage to a structure can add up over time. Windows and doors may begin to stick and walls, ceilings, and floors can begin to warp.
These tiny ants are reddish to dark red in color and they range in size from 3 to 5 mm in length.
Threats: These are probably the worst kind of ant to have on your Texas property. Nothing can ruin a picnic faster than a mound of fire ants swarming out to bite you. A bite from a fire ant can leave painful, itchy welts, with an associated pustule. While a couple bites are no big deal, several bites can cause problems. This is especially troubling for individuals who are not able to move away from these ants when they swarm. If you are caring for a baby or small child, an elderly person, or someone who is unable to move to safety, be aware of where they are outside.
Odorous House Ants
These ants are dark brown to black in color, and workers grow to be around 3 mm in length.
Threats: This ant has a distinct odor when squished that smells similar to rotten coconuts. And, since these ants like to establish themselves inside structures, this can become a real problem when they grow their numbers.
Adult rover ants measure at around 1/2 to 2 mm in length and they vary in color from pale yellow to blackish-brown.
Threats: Although these are not an aggressive species, they do tend to invade properties in large numbers. And they are notoriously difficult to control, especially in the spring and summer seasons. Places they like to nest include inside potted plants, in bathroom and kitchen areas, inside electrical outlet, underneath shingles and behind wall voids. These ants may also be an indication of moisture or fungus problems.
Keep Ants Out Year-Round
In spring and summer, it is a good time to reduce ant populations on your property. You can do this by drying things up, removing debris, and making your home less inviting to pests by removing food sources. Make sure all trash in tightly sealed containers, to keep smells in and pests out. Examine your exterior walls and seal up gaps and holes to keep ants from finding ways inside. And keep your interior free of water and food sources by fixing leaks and quickly picking up food spills.
Any time of year is a good time to partner with a pest control company to eliminate or greatly reduce pests from your home or business. Here at Adams Exterminating Company, we know how ants behave, and what to do to get rid of them. You don't have to live with nuisance, or destructive ants, let Adams help today.
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