Ants are the number one pest problem in the country. Unfortunately, here in Houston, ants can be active year-round. We don’t have the bitter cold winter that some northern states do, so ants will often remain active all year. Their movement picks up in spring, as many ants leave their colonies to mate during the spring. Like most insects, they enjoy warmer temperatures. If an ant colony enters your home now, they’re probably going to stick around for quite some time unless you take action against them.
Ants can enter through even the tiniest cracks. Ants are seeking sweet or greasy food substances, and water in the kitchen, pantry or storage areas. Ants also follow scent trails. They leave an invisible chemical trail, which contains pheromones for others to follow once they locate the food source. Ants nest anywhere in and around your house; in lawns, walls, stumps, even under fountains.
Ant colonies can number from 300,000 to 500,000. Whole colonies can uproot and relocate quickly when threatened. A colony can live a relatively long lifetime. Worker ants may live seven years and the queen may live as long as fifteen years.
If you have an ant infestation, you can’t get rid of it without help. Individual attempts to clear away an ant infestation will likely lead to budding. Budding happens when a colony splits apart because they feel they are under attack. They separate into two colonies, and each will continue to grow. Before you know it, you’ll have more ants than you did to start. Further attempts to get rid of them on your own will only make them continue to multiply.
Ant infestations can quickly spread and are quite difficult to control without the help of a professional. Ants are one of the most common problems when we talk about pest infestations. Having to deal with an ant infestation is both frustrating and difficult. Quality Pest & Wildlife has everything that is required to fight an ant problem you may be encountering in your Houston property. Some signs of infestation in a yard or home include:
Piles of dirt: Ants are known to leave little dirt piles around their nests.
Nests: Ant nests look like dirt or soil piles and are usually hidden from view.
Trails: when you notice a trail of ants, this is a significant sign of an ant infestation
Most do-it-yourself ant control approaches only kill the ants you see. Some truly effective treatments can penetrate and destroy nests to help prevent these pests from returning. Also, home remedies do not account for the fact that different kinds of ant infestations require different treatments.
There are over 12,000 known species of ants. Carpenter ants, house ants, and pavement ants are a few of the most common household pests but black ants, fire ants, and moisture ants are also prevalent in many parts of the country. So, do you know how to get rid of ants?
For successful pest control it is essential to hire a trained professional. A professional understands the distinction between different ant species. A professional will also know what treatment will work best for each species. When done properly, ant control is very effective at getting rid of ants permanently.