There are lots of pest that are problematic for homeowners. There are some that are troublesome and can cause damage to your house such as termites. There are others that are a problem for your health as well. You might also be dealing with pests that are dangerous due to the venom that they might have and inject into you when they bite. Lastly there are some that are just a pest and a major annoyance. One type of pests has species that meet all this criteria. Ants are ranked at the top of the list for pests that are trouble for most homeowners. They are problematic for many reasons that include the size of the colonies that they are often found in. They also are so small that they can be seen fitting in a home through the smallest of spots. You can find them covering your kitchen counters when you wake up in the morning. The size of the colony can make it hard to manage and hard to keep out of your house. Animal Pest Management Services, Inc outlines what species of ants you need to watch out for.
Carpenter Ant Damage
If you want to make sure that your home is not invaded by ants you want to know what types of ants you might be seeing. One of the ants that you want to make sure you do not see around your house are called a carpenter ant. They are not only a pest that can be annoying but they are an issue for your home as well. The carpenter ant is one that spends its time on eating through the wood in your house. This can damage the home and leave it in need of repair. They don’t eat the wood but use the tunnels to live and build a nest. They are often a dark brown to black in color and can be about 5/8 of an inch. They are usually hiding in the walls of your home working.
If you are worried about the most common type of ant that is found on residential properties, you may be concerned about argentine ants. They are very common to the area and are quite problematic. Argentine ants are a horrible nuisance in gardens because they tend to and protect scale insects and aphids that eat plants. Argentine ants reproduce quickly and their infestation can become out of hand fast. The argentine ant is usually a light brown to a dark brown color. They tend to be about a quarter of an inch in length and the colony will be very large.
Do Fire Ants Bite or Sting?
Fire ants are extremely aggressive when their nest is disturbed. When provoked, fire ants swarm on the perceived intruder, anchor themselves by biting the skin to keep it stable, and then sting repeatedly, injecting a toxin alkaloid venom. For the safety of your loved ones, if you suspect a fire ant nest on your property, call Animal Pest Management Services, Inc without delay!
Nuisance Pavement Ants
One of the main areas that pavements ants are found are in the pavement cracks around your house. They are an ant that is only about an eighth of an inch in length. They tend to be black but can be dark brown as well. Some of the pavement ants can have wings but not all of them. They are a pest that tend to be found outdoors but will venture in the house to get a meal from your home as well.