The expert exterminators at Cantu pest removal discuss best practices for dealing with ants and other insects in the Dallas Ft. Worth and Houston areas.

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Identifying Common Ants and Their Mounds

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Ant Mounds Herald Possible Subterranean Infestations

Ants are remarkably adept when it comes to adapting to their environments. This, of course, depends on the species of ant as well as where it’s found. It’s worth noting, therefore, that not all ant species build large, telltale mounds. Some species are more prone to build large craters the connect to intricate networks of tunnels, the entrance to which are many times found between gaps and missing chunks in concrete and pavement.

Some species, like harvester ants, pyramid ants, Argentine ants, Allegheny mound ants, Texas leaf cutter ants–which have been known to plague cities like Houston and Dallas–and red imported fire ants have been known to build elaborate nests that, admittedly, present a large target for predators, as well as humans who wish to rid themselves of an infestation. Mounds are the most obvious and easily spotted sign that ants are present in the area, but it’s worth remembering that, like an iceberg, only a small fraction of the actual structure can be seen above ground.

Ant mounds are always built by workers, and often at incredible speeds. The characteristic mound like structure is actually an incidental byproduct of workers removing and relocating bottom soil to make room for more tunnels and nesting chambers. With nowhere else for it to go, this soil is merely deposited near the surface by the workers, which, after a period of time, will take on the characteristic mound shape a the tunnels become deeper and deeper.

AntsThe ant mound, apart from being a byproduct of excavation, has three major purposes. The first, and the most obvious to the casual observer, is that it serves as the entrance and exit to the deeper tunnel system of the nest from the surface. Likewise, the mound also serves to maintain the internal temperature of the nest, which can be important when the lives of thousands of ant larvae are on the line.

The mound serves as a means of protection from predators who would wish to damage or destroy the nest. It provides a safe place for the ants to retreat to if under attack; and, as it’s made up of fine dirt particles as well as some plant material, offers a degree of cushion again the impact from larger predators.

Apart from the physically harmful bites and stings that ants can inflict on both humans and pets, an ant infestation may cause costly damage to landscaping and may negatively impact the overall aesthetics of the area. It’s worth mentioning, though, that if you do come across an ant mound or two in your yard, it’s a wise decision not to play live and let live with the ants.

antsOnce you begin to ignore the problem, the ants can multiply and reproduce astonishingly quickly, and the problem will become vastly more difficult to deal with than if you had called a professional at the outset.

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.

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Carpenter Ants Versus Termites

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Carpenter Ants and Termites Can Cause Similar Types of Damage

Carpenter ants are among the most common ant species found throughout Texas. They are an extremely adaptable species and have been known to thrive in outdoor and indoor environments.

In broad terms, these ants prefer semi-moist and humid environments and usually nest in trees, tree stumps, fallen logs, fence posts, ceiling beams, roofing boards, and even inside attic insulation.

There are twenty-five different species of carpenter ants in the United States, each will slightly different behavior and appearance, which means that identifying these pests can be difficult. They can range anywhere from three to thirteen millimeters in length, and have been known to sport colors like black, brown, yellow, orange, and red.

Thanks to their tiny size, these ants can go undetected for long periods of time if they choose to nest inside your home. By the time their presence become apparent, extensive damage to your home may have already been done.

antsUnlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat the wooden structures in which they nest. Rather, they break down and remove the wood in order to enlarge their nesting space. Depending on the size of the colony, the amount of wood that these ants are able to destroy over time can be extreme.

Although these pests have the ability to break down and remove cellulose material, they usually prefer to move into preexisting cavities like termite galleries, or areas that have been gradually worn down by rot. These areas prove especially attractive to carpenter ants as they search for a nest because of the naturally moist conditions. Keep an eye out for piles of sawdust-like material or similar wood shavings that may be collecting around suspicious holes. This removed wood material is one of the telltale signs that carpenter ants have been expanding their nest in the vicinity.

The appearance of worker ants will be the most obvious sign of an infestation in your home. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that carpenter ant workers can vary in size within the same species. Likewise, these pests have been known to traverse great distances as they forage for food, meaning that even if you spot some of these ants around your home, it shouldn’t be taken as conclusive evidence that they have decided to nest inside your walls.

When trying to determine the nesting place of a carpenter ant colony, check these kinds of areas first. One you determine the nest’s exact location, it’s possible to treat the infestation with an insecticide dust or aerosol spray. However, attempting to administer these pesticides on your own is ill-advised, as the improper application of these toxins may inadvertently harm other residents or pets.

carpenter antsBaits have traditionally not been successful in dealing with carpenter ants, but your local pest control expert will be able to determine which extermination method will be the best fit for your home.

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.

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Fire Ant Removal and Identification

Fire Ants

Fire Ants Are Social Insects and Can Create Massive Colonies

The term fire ant is the general name that acts as an umbrella over a large number of specific species of red ants that inhabit the United States. The types of ants that are under this umbrella include pyramid ants, pharaoh ants, harvester ants, and finally the most notorious: the red imported fire ant. All these species of ants closely resemble one another, and all share the same biology. All ants have a body divided into three sections: head, thorax and tail. Fire ants also have antennae that are bent at a 90 degree angle, and sport the standard six legs.

Fire AntsAnts are very social insects that make their home in a colony which was built by their queen after recently swarming and mating. Swarming usually occurs during the spring and fall after a rainfall. Winged males and winged females will leave their current colonies to swarm, pair off and mate. After mating the male ant dies while the female ant will shed her wings, and burrow into soil to build her own colony. These new colonies are generally found near wood sources, such as a fallen tree or near a house, and in sunny areas. After burrowing the new queen will give birth to a small number of eggs and feed the new hatchlings herself. These new ants will either be winged males, reproductives, or sterile female worker ants. From this point on the queen will continue to increasingly produce more offspring resulting in over 500,000 new ants in a single colony.

Fire AntsThe fact that fire ants can be social insects can be seen in the way that they interact with other nearby colonies of the same species. A single colony of ants can be very territorial and attack intruders, but fire ants are known to actually share queens with other nearby colonies resulting in a rapid growth of even more colonies and swarming. The resilience of these ants is evident in their survival tactics. If a colony is subjected to flood water, or attacked by outside forces such as a human with chemicals, it only takes the queen and a handful of worker ants to survive in order make a brand new colony a few feet away just overnight. Therefore, it is important to completely eradicate this pest problem from the start.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas fire 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 fire 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 fire ant removal experts.

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Carpenter Ant Infestations Can Prove Deadly If Left Unchecked

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Carpenter Ant Colonies Can Expand Extremely Quickly

Carpenter ants, also known as sugar ants, are indigenous to many parts of the world, including North America, and are known for their characteristic habit of nesting inside wooden structures, most notably dead, damp wood. However, unlike termites, carpenter ants don’t eat the wood that they remove from these galleries.

Carpenter ants usually have a dark coloration and may have a pair of wings or bent antennas that can be discerned by the casual observer. Their sturdy, dark-brown or black bodies can reach up to three quarters on an inch in length. In an effort to expand their nesting area and accommodate new members in the colony, carpenter ants bore through wooden structures continuously, making them just as aggressive as termites, who, of course, must consume wood in order to survive.

It’s a common knee-jerk reaction by homeowners upon discovering ants in the home to want to immediately start spraying pesticides all over the place, but such an unmeasured and spastic response might not only be ineffective against the ants, but might pose serious health risks to yourself and to other family members or pets in the dwelling.

carpenter antsA good place to start would be to confirm that carpenter ants are, in fact, the offending species. Your local pest control professional will be able to spot the telltale signs of a carpenter ant infestation, such as the presence of sawdust and other such trails around carpets and doorways. Often, these trails can lead directly to the nest. It’s important to note that before any pesticides can be applied—or any other effective action is taken, for that matter—the nest must be located.

If pesticides are sprayed arbitrarily, the nest will likely break up and simply form again in a different location. Often, the use of sweet baits or attractants is a good method to confirm that carpenter ants are actually in the area.

carpenter antsOnce the presence of ants is confirmed, there are a number of effective strategies to kill them for good. Some, like commercial pesticides, are more statistically effective, but also present a much greater health risk to you and your family.

It should be noted, however, that these home remedies should not be relied upon to clear out an infestation of extremely destructive insects, and the best advice that I can give in such a situation is to contact your local pest control profession, who will be able to eliminate the infestation in both an effective and environmentally friendly way.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas carpenter 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 carpenter 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 carpenter ant removal experts.

Ant Removal, Extermination, and Identification

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Common Ants Species and Their Mounds

Mounds are the most obvious and easily spotted sign that ants are present in the area, but it’s worth remembering that, like an iceberg, only a small fraction of the actual structure can be seen above ground.

Some species of ants have been known to plague cities like Houston and Dallas–and red imported fire ants have been known to build elaborate nests that, admittedly, present a large target for predators, as well as humans who wish to enact a successful ant removal program.

Ant mounds are always built by workers, and often at incredible speeds. The characteristic mound like structure is actually an incidental byproduct of workers removing and relocating bottom soil to make room for more tunnels and nesting chambers. With nowhere else for it to go, this soil is merely deposited near the surface by the workers, which, after a period of time, will take on the characteristic mound shape as the tunnels become deeper and deeper.

ant removalThe ant mound, apart from being a byproduct of excavation, has three major purposes. The first, and the most obvious to the casual observer, is that it serves as the entrance and exit to the deeper tunnel system of the nest from the surface. Likewise, the mound also serves to maintain the internal temperature of the nest, which can be important when the lives of thousands of ant larvae are on the line.

The mound serves as a means of protection from predators who would wish to damage or destroy the nest. It provides a safe place for the ants to retreat to if under attack; and, as it’s made up of fine dirt particles as well as some plant material, offers a degree of cushion again the impact from larger predators.

ant removalApart from the physically harmful bites and stings that ants can inflict on both humans and pets, an ant infestation may cause costly damage to landscaping and may negatively impact the overall aesthetics of the area. It’s worth mentioning, though, that if you do come across an ant mound or two in your yard, it’s a wise decision not to play live and let live with the ants and to call an ant removal professional as soon as possible.

Once you begin to ignore the problem, the ants can multiply and reproduce astonishingly quickly, and the problem will become vastly more difficult to deal with than if you had called an ant removal professional at the outset.

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.

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Dallas and Fort Worth Ant Removal

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Ant Infestations Can Quickly Go From Bad to Worse

Some species of ants have been known to plague cities like Houston and Dallas–and red imported fire ants have been known to build elaborate nests that, admittedly, present a large target for predators, as well as humans who wish to rid themselves of an infestation.

Mounds are the most obvious and easily spotted sign that ants are present in the area, but it’s worth remembering that, like an iceberg, only a small fraction of the actual structure can be seen above ground.

Ant mounds are always built by workers, and often at incredible speeds. The characteristic mound like structure is actually an incidental byproduct of workers removing and relocating bottom soil to make room for more tunnels and nesting chambers. With nowhere else for it to go, this soil is merely deposited near the surface by the workers, which, after a period of time, will take on the characteristic mound shape as the tunnels become deeper and deeper.

The ant mound, apart from being a byproduct of excavation, has three major purposes. The first, and the most obvious to the casual observer, is that it serves as the entrance and exit to the deeper tunnel system of the nest from the surface. Likewise, the mound also serves to maintain the internal temperature of the nest, which can be important when the lives of thousands of ant larvae are on the line.

Finally, the mound serves as a means of protection from predators who would wish to damage or destroy the nest. It provides a safe place for the ants to retreat to if under attack; and, as it’s made up of fine dirt particles as well as some plant material, offers a degree of cushion again the impact from larger predators.

Apart from the physically harmful bites and stings that ants can inflict on both humans and pets, an ant infestation may cause costly damage to landscaping and may negatively impact the overall aesthetics of the area. It’s worth mentioning, though, that if you do come across an ant mound or two in your yard, it’s a wise decision not to play live and let live with the ants.

Once you begin to ignore the problem, the ants can multiply and reproduce astonishingly quickly, and the problem will become vastly more difficult to deal with than if you had called an ant removal professional at the outset.

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.

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Fort Worth Ant Control

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Speed and Precision Are the Keys to Fort Worth Ant Control

Carpenter ants, also known as sugar ants, are indigenous to many parts of the world, including North America, and are known for their characteristic habit of nesting inside wooden structures, most notably dead, damp wood.

However, unlike termites, carpenter ants don’t eat the wood that they remove from these galleries. Nevertheless, their activities can often be just as dangerous to the supports of a human dwelling than can their cellulose-consuming counterparts.

Unsurprisingly, carpenter ants are one of the most difficult insects to remove from your home, as they have a tendency to build their nests inside its very foundation. Fort Worth Ant Control must be done quickly and efficiently in order to avoid lasting structural damage and costly home repairs.

Carpenter ants usually have a dark coloration and may have a pair of wings or bent antennas that can be discerned by the causal observer. Their sturdy, dark-brown or black bodies can reach up to three quarters on an inch in length. In an effort to expand their nesting area and accommodate new members in the colony, carpenter ants bore through wooden structures continuously, making them just as aggressive as termites, who, of course, must consume wood in order to survive.

It’s a common knee-jerk reaction by homeowners upon discovering ants in the home to want to immediately start spraying pesticides all over the place, but such an unmeasured and spastic response might not only be ineffective against the ants, but might pose serious health risks to yourself and to other family members or pets in the dwelling.

Naturally, a good place to begin Fort Worth ant control would be to confirm that carpenter ants are, in fact, the offending species. Look for signs of sawdust and other such trails around carpets and doorways. Often, these unintentionally left trails can lead you directly to the nest.

It’s important to note that before any pesticides can be applied—or any other effective action is taken, for that matter—the nest must be located. If pesticides are sprayed arbitrarily, the nest will likely break up and simply form again in a different location.

Often, the use of sweet baits or attractants is a good method to confirm that carpenter ants are actually in the area.

Once the presence of ants is confirmed, there are a number of effective strategies to kill them for good. Some, like commercial pesticides, are more statistically effective, but also present a much greater health risk to you and your family. Other methods, such as boric acid and vinegar traps, are often used by homeowners with small children or pets as a safer alternative.

However, it should be noted that these home remedies should not be relied upon to clear out an infestation of extremely destructive insects, and the best advice that I can give in such a situation is to contact your local pest control profession, who will be able to eliminate the infestation in both an effective and environmentally friendly way.

If ants have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control to get in touch with our Fort Worth ant control professionals 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 pest control experts.

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Carpenter Ants vs. Termites

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Carpenter Ants and Termites Both Threaten Wooden Structures

Carpenter ants are among the most common ant species found throughout Texas. They are an extremely adaptable species and have been known to thrive in outdoor and indoor environments.

In broad terms, these ants prefer semi-moist and humid environments and usually nest in trees, tree stumps, fallen logs, fence posts, ceiling beams, roofing boards, and even inside attic insulation.

There are twenty-five different species of carpenter ants in the United States, each will slightly different behavior and appearance, which means that identifying these pests can be difficult. They can range anywhere from three to thirteen millimeters in length, and have been known to sport colors like black, brown, yellow, orange, and red.

Thanks to their tiny size, these ants can go undetected for long periods of time if they choose to nest inside your home. By the time their presence become apparent, extensive damage to your home may have already been done.

Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat the wooden structures in which they nest. Rather, they break down and remove the wood in order to enlarge their nesting space. Depending on the size of the colony, the amount of wood that these ants are able to destroy over time can be extreme.

Although these pests have the ability to break down and remove cellulose material, they usually prefer to move into preexisting cavities like termite galleries, or areas that have been gradually worn down by rot. These areas prove especially attractive to carpenter ants as they search for a nest because of the naturally moist conditions. Keep an eye out for piles of sawdust-like material or similar wood shavings that may be collecting around suspicious holes. This removed wood material is one of the telltale signs that carpenter ants have been expanding their nest in the vicinity.

The appearance of worker ants will be the most obvious sign of an infestation in your home. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that carpenter ant workers can vary in size within the same species. Likewise, these pests have been known to traverse great distances as they forage for food, meaning that even if you spot some of these ants around your home, it shouldn’t be taken as conclusive evidence that they have decided to nest inside your walls.

When trying to determine the nesting place of a carpenter ant colony, check these kinds of areas first. One you determine the nest’s exact location, it’s possible to treat the infestation with an insecticide dust or aerosol spray. However, attempting to administer these pesticides on your own is ill-advised, as the improper application of these toxins may inadvertently harm other residents or pets.

Baits have traditionally not been successful in dealing with carpenter ants, but your local pest control expert will be able to determine which extermination method will be the best fit for your home.

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 pest control experts.

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Ants Have Unique Traits Depending On Their Species

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How Can I Identify a Particular Ant Species?

Getting rid of ants can be a tricky proposition, but correctly identifying the invading species is the first step in ridding your home of these pests. In many cases, it’s a good idea to call your local pest control professional, as they’ll have the kind of experience that makes identifying these insects a fairly straightforward process.

Different species have different behavioral patterns, so knowing which ant species is presenting a problem is the key to successfully eliminating them. Getting to know what the most common species look like can be an easy way to tell if additional action should be taken, whether that entails calling a pest control expert or purchasing some baits and insecticides on your own.

Once you have an idea of the species of ant that has made your yard into its home, you can begin to take into consideration its nesting, breeding, and feeding habits, you will also be able to determine the type of damage that it is likely to cause and, more importantly, how to get rid of them.

All ants live in colonies and almost never travel alone. Their strength lies in numbers, and some species have been known to have massive colonies, with individual members numbering in the millions. Not all species are that prolific or aggressive, but it helps to know the kind of ant and therefore the potential extent of the problem before embarking on any kind of pest control regimen.

Additionally, different ant species also build different kinds of nests, and not all species will make their presence known will the characteristic mound. There are a number of other elements that can help determine the species of ant in question. If you can find a line of ants wandering through your yard, take note to see if the workers vary in size, as well as whether they tend to be more active during the day or night. All of these factors can clue you in as to which type of ant is cause trouble for you and your lawn.

Like all insects, ants have three distinct body sections, though these sections can vary greatly depending on the species. Workers, the most common caste of ant in any colony, are the most common. These insects can be found doing the colony’s grunt work on a daily basis and are wingless.

However, it’s worth noting that the reproductive caste of ant have wings, and these particular insects will take to the skies en masse one or more times a year to propagate. When an ant colony gets too large to sustain itself, these swarmers will break off into a satellite colony locate some distance away from the original.

In addition to their appearance, ant species can be determined by certain behaviors that are unique to that species. These behaviors can vary greatly, and include the patterns they form when traversing to and from the nest, the type of food they can be observed carrying, and the speed at which they run.

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 pest control experts.

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Ants and Their Nest Building Habits

antsDifferent Species of Ants Pose Different Challenges for Pest Control Professionals

As we’ve talked about before, ants are remarkably adept when it comes to adapting to their environments. This, of course, depends on the species of ant as well as where it’s found. It’s worth noting, therefore, that not all ant species build large, telltale mounds.

Some species are more prone to build large craters the connect to intricate networks of tunnels, the entrance to which are many times found between gaps and missing chunks in concrete and pavement.

Some species, like harvester ants, pyramid ants, Argentine ants, Allegheny mound ants, Texas leaf cutter ants–which have been known to plague cities like Houston and Dallas–and red imported fire ants have been known to build elaborate nests that, admittedly, present a large target for predators, as well as humans who wish to rid themselves of an infestation.

Mounds are the most obvious and easily spotted sign that ants are present in the area, but it’s worth remembering that, like an iceberg, only a small fraction of the actual structure can be seen above ground.

Ant mounds are always built by workers, and often at incredible speeds. The characteristic mound like structure is actually an incidental byproduct of workers removing and relocating bottom soil to make room for more tunnels and nesting chambers.

With nowhere else for it to go, this soil is merely deposited near the surface by the workers, which, after a period of time, will take on the characteristic mound shape a the tunnels become deeper and deeper.

The ant mound, apart from being a byproduct of excavation, has three major purposes. The first, and the most obvious to the casual observer, is that it serves as the entrance and exit to the deeper tunnel system of the nest from the surface.

Likewise, the mound also serves to maintain the internal temperature of the nest, which can be important when the lives of thousands of ant larvae are on the line. Finally—and as I mentioned before—the mound serves as a means of protection from predators who would wish to damage or destroy the nest. It provides a safe place for the ants to retreat to if under attack; and, as it’s made up of fine dirt particles as well as some plant material, offers a degree of cushion again the impact from larger predators.

Apart from the physically harmful bites and stings that ants can inflict on both humans and pets, an ant infestation may cause costly damage to landscaping and may negatively impact the overall aesthetics of the area. It’s worth mentioning, though, that if you do come across an ant mound or two in your yard, it’s a wise decision not to play live and let live with these pests.

Once you begin to ignore the problem, the ants can multiply and reproduce astonishingly quickly, and the problem will become vastly more difficult to deal with than if you had called a professional at the outset.

If ants have made an unsightly appearance 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 pest control experts.