I’ve been living in my new house in Waco, Texas for the past couple months, and I haven’t ran into many indoor bug problems. Only an occasional threatening spider here and there, but nothing more.
This past week my third roommate finally moved in, and after a couple of days when I got back to the house from work I saw this giant note written on our fridge: ANTS. I asked her what she was talking about, since I truly hadn’t run into any around the house. She then began to explain to me how that morning she was changing to get ready for the day, she grabbed a pair of shorts and saw a bunch of crawling little brown ants. Since then, the ants are migrating to the kitchen, the shower, and luckily so far not my pants.
After our ant discovery, I thought it might be important to learn the different types of household ants and how to get rid of them. Below are four of the most common household ants and ways to treat your home:
Sugar ants are nocturnal ants that are attracted to plants, sugary foods, other insects and dead animals. These ants are capable of biting but do not sting, so there is no need to fear them. They tend to nest in moist, damp, and dark areas of the home.
If you read the post Get the Scoop, Don’t Be Confused! (Termites vs. Carpenter Ants), then you already know a little bit about carpenter ants. Carpenter Ants are large omnivore ants that damage the internal structure of the home. They do this by digging holes in wood to nest.
Odorous ants invade the home when they’re looking for sweet foods and proteins to eat. They nest typically outdoors under stones, log, and mulch, but can also be found indoors in wall cracks. Odorous ants get their name from the horrible smell they give off when they feel their nest has been threatened.
Lastly, we have the notorious fire ants. These are the most aggressive out of the four listed. They swarm, and sting all organisms that make them feel threatened. These bites may cause the same allergic reactions as those of wasps and bees, so be careful. They nest in mounds outdoors in landscape areas.
Once you’ve found an ant infestation and properly identified it, it’s important to take action. If you don’t, the nests, infestations, and problems will only grow. Sprays such as Raid and vacuuming are only quick fixes. To truly fix an ant infestation, you should call your local and friendly bug guys here at 855bugs.com. Their trained experts are ready to tackle this summer nemesis.