There are literally thousands of species of ants found in the United States, and it is not uncommon for home and business owners to find ants, especially black ants around their homes or businesses. Some of the most common species of black ants found in Texas include carpenter ants, odorous house ants, acrobat ants and of course little black ants. While these are the most common black ants that can be found in Texas, there are many other species of ants that are black in color and just as plentifully. Identification of each species is the key to a successful control program as pest control will differ depending on the species of ants plaguing your home or business.
DIY VS Professional Ant Pest Control
Ants are extremely difficult to get rid of and while there are many DIY control methods available on the internet, more often than not these methods are ineffective and rarely offer a long-term solution. The knowledgeable professionals at A-Tex Pest Management are the experts when it comes to understanding ants and ant behavior. Not only will we accurately identify the ant species we can also determine the best treatment method as well as ensure that the nest is located and the interior and exterior treatments are applied correctly to guarantee ongoing success.
Ant Bites & Stings, Food Contamination & Property Damage
Ants, including black ants, are beneficial to the environment but inside buildings and other structures they can bring bacteria in with them that can contaminate food and food preparation surfaces as well as open wounds. Some types of black ants such as carpenter ants can cause damage to your property by burrowing into wooden structures. Other types of ants can bite and sting resulting in severe allergic reactions especially in those individuals who are highly susceptible. A severe allergic reaction may even result in death if not promptly treated.
Ant Prevention in Your House
The kitchen is one of the most common areas in the home that is known to attract ants. Ants use pheromone trails to communicate with the rest of the colony and essentially advertising that your kitchen is a place to find food. Ants will be attracted to crumbs left behind on floors or countertops so keeping the area clean, tidy and free of crumbs is imperative to a successful control program along with sealing up any entry points in the surrounding area. Odorous house ants are attracted to sweet foods including fruit and sugar and will build nests close to water sources.
Large Texas Black Ants; Carpenter & Acrobat
One of the most common ants found in Texas is the carpenter ant and when compared to other species of black ants the carpenter ant is considered large in size and capable of growing up to ½ inch in length. Carpenter ants that reproduce are winged and homeowners often get them confused with winged termites. Acrobat ants and fire ants are also considered to be large black ants.
Ant Inspections, Control, Treatment, Management & Removal in Austin, Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville & Cedar Park, Texas
If you are experiencing a problem with ants or other pests in your Greater Austin, Texas home or business, contact the experts at A-Tex Pest Management today and speak with a friendly customer service professional to schedule your comprehensive inspection and pest control program.