Ants Live in Elaborate Mounds Just Below the Surface
Ants live together in populations of hundreds of thousands and construct elaborate mounds to sufficiently house the colony. Effective ant treatment programs entail treating the entire colony with pesticides.
Ants will enter your home if they sense easy access to food and shelter. These insects will be especially eager to enter your home during the winter months while food and warmth are at their most scarce. Most of the time, however, ants are content to live in elaborate mounds which consist of a small section which is visible above the surface of the ground, and an intricate network of tunnels which usually spans many yards in each direction.
Mounds can be constructed incredibly quickly by colony workers, and can usually reappear a few days after being destroyed. These characteristic mounds serve several purposes: primarily, the mound is used for protection from the elements and predators. Likewise, the elaborate tunnel system serves to maintain a consistent internal temperature of the mound. This is important because the queen as well as her larvae require precise environmental circumstances in order to thrive.
Despite the fact that the surface level of the mound presents a pretty obvious target for predators, the deep tunnels allow the members of the colony to retreat to a safe place in the event of an attack.
The appearance of ant mounds in your yard is the first indication that there is a larger problem at play. It’s always better to begin combatting ant infestations as soon as you become aware of them, because as long as ants have access to enough food, their numbers will continue to increase at a distressing rate. These pests can breed worryingly quickly, and infestations often spiral out of control much faster than homeowners would believe.
Naturally, as ant populations increase, the chances that they’ll make incursions into your home will increase as well. Many otherwise diligent homeowners have ignored an inconspicuous ant hill, only to find the pests crawling all over the inside of their homes a few weeks later.
If you notice or even suspect that an ant colony has found its way onto your property, you should get in touch with your local pest control professional right away. These professionals will begin by making a thorough inspection of your property, after which they’ll be able to recommend the most effective course of action, whether it be the use of Green Shield Certified pesticides or boric acid-based ant traps.
Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas ant removal experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.
If ants have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced ant removal experts.