If you see one ant in your home, it’s very possible that there are many more. For residential and commercial property owners in Dallas, ant infestations can become a real headache. There are several ant species in Texas, but some affect human made structures more than others. Ants can be tough to remove on your own with so many DIY and homemade tactics available. Recognizing different types of ants is the first step in figuring out how to get rid of them. Some ants can be dangerous to have in your home, which is why it’s so important to put a stop to them before hazards and damage occurs.
Types of Ants in Texas
There are five commonly found ants in the Dallas area. Some are more of a nuisance, while others can bite or do damage to your home or business. Ants are a year-round problem that you’ve most likely had to deal with in the past. Follow this simple guide to identify invasive ants and what they look like.
Red Imported Fire Ants
There are six species of fire ants, and many are dangerous to humans. In Dallas, you may come in contact with red imported fire ants. Red imported fire ants build mounds in moist soil, especially under rocks or bricks. They are aggressive and can sting if they feel threatened. The sting can cause pain and swelling, and people who are allergic can go into anaphylactic shock. If you find red imported fire ants or their mounds around your property, do not attempt to remove them on your own. Give Certified a call as soon as possible for professional removal services.
Carpenter ants are destructive pests that can cause problems to human made structures. These wood-destroying insects look like large black ants that crawl around at night. They chew wood and spit it out; they do not eat wood. If you see small piles of wood shavings, then you may have carpenter ants. They prefer to chew through and nest in damp wood around window frames, decks, floorboards, and even insulation.
Crazy ants are reddish-brown and small, only about ⅛-inch in size. They assemble and move in a fast and crazy way with no clear direction. They are attracted to electricity and will migrate towards it in large numbers. This is especially dangerous and hazardous when they gather in light sockets. External AC units, electrical outlets, and electrical boxes are common areas that crazy ants invade. Electrical equipment can short circuit, and they can congregate in electrical outlets causing malfunction. If your power is shorting, then you might have an infestation.
These little ants look a lot like crazy ants, but they don’t move in a hectic way. They also like light switches and voids in walls. If you have a colony in your home, it could house one million pharaoh ants. They are attracted to food crumbs, moisture, wood mulch, and rotted wood. Pharaoh ant infestations can be an indication of a more significant moisture problem in your home.
Odorous House Ants
Odorous house ants also referred to as common nuisance ants, are tiny black or brown ants. They like sweets, and they will nest around your property if they find a consistent food and water source. They don’t do any damage and are more of a nuisance as they crawl around kitchen and bathrooms, sometimes getting into pantry items. If you find tiny black ants trailing inside your home, you are most likely dealing with odorous house ants. They get their name from the coconut “odor” they release when squished.
How can I prevent ant infestations?
Ants like small cracks and crevices, this is why they can get into spots you wouldn’t normally notice or think about. This can include tiny openings around the exterior of your home, around exposed utility piping, under gaps around window and door frames, and plants that are brought indoors. Keep moisture out of your home by repairing leaky faucets and dishwasher lines to remove possible water sources. The most important step to prevent ant infestations is to move food into airtight containers. You should also trim foliage that touches the exterior of your home and move firewood away from the home. Although these precautions will put you in a better place, ant control is not foolproof without professional ant elimination services.
How can Certified get rid of ants in my home or business?
Because ants reproduce so quickly with colonies of over one million ants, it can be incredibly challenging for you to get rid of them on your own. If you find ants in your home or business, call the experts at Certified Termite and Pest Control immediately. We have been keeping Dallas-Fort Worth homeowners and commercial businesses ant free since 1974. Give us a call or fill out the contact form on this page for more information about ant control and to set up a free inspection!