Ah, ant season. If you haven’t been bit by a fire ant at least once this season, you must be living under a rock! Okay, okay… maybe not under a rock. After all, ants love to make their homes under and around rocks.
While it may feel like the entire ant population has set up shop in or around your property, did you know it is estimated that there are over 10 quadrillion individual ants living around the globe at any given time?* Whoa! That’s a LOT of ants. And, I do mean all around the globe! Ants inhabit every continent except for Antartica. Pesky and determined little creatures, aren’t they?!?
Let’s take a look at some of the most commonly found ants in Texas.
Living in Texas, we’re all familiar with fire ants and their bites. Whether you’re in your well manicured yard, out on the golf course, hiking with friends, or on a picnic at the city park, any outdoor activity makes you susceptible to stumbling upon a fire ant mound. Ranging in size from 1/16” to 1/4”, these aggressive little guys deliver a painful sting when they bite you resulting in a white pustule on the skin. The fire ant population is growing at a rapid rate in Texas. Give 855Bugs a call for fire ant treatment that is effective and guaranteed!
While carpenter ants are not quite as destructive as termites, they are still a pest that you most definitely do not want making a home in your home! Carpenter ants are responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in damage annually. These pests tunnel into wood to make their nests often drawn to water damaged or rotted wood. If undetected for long periods of time, these ants can cause serious structural damage. If you suspect that you have Carpenter ants in or around your property, give 855Bugs a call immediately for a free inspection!
LITTLE BLACK ANTS
These ants look exactly as their name describes. They are small with a shiny black body. These are the ants you often see feeding on dead insects. Little black ants prefer to build their nests outdoors, but they will quickly find their way indoors if seeking heat or moisture. If you see signs of little black ants inside the home, this is most often due to poor food storage. 855Bugs provides free inspections to help you determine the cause, accessibility points into your home, and a clear course of action for getting rid of little black ants.
Commonly called “grease ants,” these are the ants you most commonly see indoors in Texas. They are light tan to reddish in color and about 1.5mm to 2.2mm in length. While they don’t sting like a fire ant or cause structural damage like carpenter ants, they are certainly pesky and difficult to get rid of on your own. These guys predominantly make their homes indoors and are attracted to greasy, protein rich food. If you’re looking to get rid of “grease ants” once and for all, give 855Bugs a call.
HOW TO GET RID OF ANTS
While there are many more species of ants native to Texas, these are some of the most commonly seen. With any ant species, there are a few things you can do as a property owner to make your property less desirable for ants to set up shop. Ants nest near water sources. It is imperative to get rid of any standing water or other areas prone to moisture. Keep gutters cleaned out. Indoors, keep food and food trash stored properly or disposed of properly.
However, if ants have already invaded your home or property, call 855Bugs for a free inspection and to get a treatment plan set in place. After 855Bugs treats your home or property, if you are still seeing signs of ants after 7-10 days, we will come back for a no cost follow up visit.
*According to the Pulitzer-prize winning book The Antsby researchers Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson.